Even When We Don’t Know Where We Are Going
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:169-176 | Ezekiel 24:1-26:21 | Hebrews 11:1-16 | Proverbs 27:14
Today’s Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:1-16
By faith, Abraham . . . obeyed and went, even though he didn’t know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8, NIV).
Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (1). “And without faith it is impossible to please God” (6). It is the foundation for all of our life as Christians. But it isn’t always easy.
Often we find ourselves in the same place as Abraham who obeyed and went even though he didn’t know where he was going. Often faith requires us to “walk in the dark.” God gives us just enough to light to know the next step and then we must take it.
Steps of obedience when we aren’t quite sure where they may lead us: this is the path of Abraham. It is the path of faith. It is a path that we all find familiar.
We wish that God would give a detailed map of the journey ahead before we set out. He seems to prefer to give us just a clue to the next step of the journey. And when he does, he expects and delights in our obedience.
When you aren’t exactly sure where you are headed, or how you are going to get there, remember Abraham. He obeyed and went even when he didn’t know where he was going. We obey our way out of places of confusion and indecision. By doing the next thing we know we should do, God opens another door calling for another step of obedience. Often with just enough light to take the next step, we obey.
Sometimes you stub your toe, you might even fall. But know that he is with you when you walk in the dark. He will pick you up when you fall. Walking in the dark isn’t easy, but it helps our faith to grow. It also brings the smile of your heavenly Father. He is pleased by your faith. Hang in there. Take another step. Know that He is there and that He is pleased with your steps of obedience and faith.
Father, once again today I choose to take steps of obedience even though I don’t know where those steps will take me—or what opportunities they will provide. Teach me to trust you when the next step is hard to see and when the path ahead looks difficult. Be with me and pick me up if I stumble. Amen.