God calls all of those who follow Him to have faith. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. We are not just called however, to have faith, but to have courageous faith… faith that dares to believe that God can do what He says He can do and that believes that He will work in our world and through us… faith that believes that our world can be different and that our everyday lives can shape and impact eternity. Courageous faith is something every Christ-follower requires, but it looks different for different people and in different seasons. Sometimes, it looks like the faith to GO:
The life of Abraham reminds us that sometimes faith means simply being willing to obey and follow God into the unknown, even when we don’t understand God’s plan and things don’t make sense. God called Abram and told him that He would make him the father of His nation, but his call starts simply with: “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
Abraham receives a call to a place God will reveal to him along the way. It is not clear at all. There is no blueprint or plan – just an invitation to be a part of what God is doing in the world and to trust Him. Abraham responds in faith, despite everything he had to sacrifice in order to do so. He left his home and his family, everything familiar and certain and ventured out into the unknown with God. He had the faith to simply go, even though the destination was not clear.
Often, when God calls us, He does not call us to a clear destination – although that is what we would likely prefer. He calls us to relationship and to take the next step with him, without assurance of what the future will hold. But when we, like Abraham have courageous faith that is willing to go with God, God can use us in amazing ways and take us to places we never imagined. Abraham’s journey was one in the end, that was less about his final destination, and more about who he became along the way. The same is true for us – that God is more concerned about who we are and who we are becoming than exactly where we end up. So will you have courageous faith to go and join him on the journey to wherever He is leading you?