Today’s Date: January 20, 2010
“Fear of the Unknown” (ODB Heb 11:8-12)
Reading: Gen 41:17-42:17, Mt 13:24-46, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 4:1-6,
S – Scripture:
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called . . . . And he went out, not knowing where he was going. —Hebrews 11:8 http://tinyurl.com/y8blnas
O – Observation:
In the One Year Bible, I’ve been enjoying reading through Genesis and Exodus – so much so I’m ahead on my reading of the Old Testament. There are so many things that amaze me: the life span of people in that time went from 900 yrs to 400 yrs to under 200 yrs old. The fact that God would speak directly to his chosen messengers: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and they were men who didn’t always obey God. In addition, things did not happen immediately, some of God’s promises took hundreds of years! Who needs television and movies with all that went on in the bible: lying, stealing, killing, sexual immorality, sibling rivalries, family rivalries, vengeance, money, power, slavery…
Which brings me to the Our Daily Bread devotional of Jan 9, 2010 – here’s an excerpt:
Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable? Something that took you into the territory of the unknown? What if He asked you to refuse a long-awaited promotion or resist a longed-for relationship? What if He called you to a remote part of the world or asked you to release your children to serve Him in a faraway place?
The unknown is full of haunting “what ifs.”
Imagine how Abraham felt when God asked him to move his whole family without telling him where they were going (Gen. 12:1-3).
The fear of the unknown could cripple our capacity to follow God’s leading through the days ahead. Yet, like Abraham, when we cling to the One who knows all things, we’re in good hands—regardless of where He leads. — Joe Stowell
A – Application:
There’s been many occasions where I felt led to go somewhere and I didn’t really want to go. Yet I trusted God that if that’s where he wanted me, I would be obedient. I usually and still am, challenged in not knowing the full story or plan before taking action. I like to be prepared. As time goes on I know that it’s not always about where we are going, but about the journey getting there, that’s how I came up with the title of this blog. As a student of the bible and child of God, I am persuaded that the scriptures of Isaiah 55:8 (New King James Version)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
P – Prayer:
Lord I pray that I would come to understand your ways. I ask that I will know and do your will with a joyful heart. Father I pray that I have patience for what you are teaching me and that I will be able to fulfill whatever your ways are.
God also asked Abraham to persevere—to stay in an unknown land even when the lure of past comforts may have threatened to seduce him and his family back to their comfort zone in Ur. – J. Stowell (ODB)
I pray continued trust and faith in Jesus that I am where he needs me to be and will go where he is directing, like Abraham to persevere – ‘even when the lure of past comforts have threatened to seduce me back to my comfort zone’ – in all things: work, family, home, church… Lord be my guide. In Jesus name, Amen. ###
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