Heb.11:8 “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going” [with emphasis].
The fifth example of stepping up by faith is Abraham. Most times, God would not show you the total picture, God would not fully tell you how or where. People often come to me asking to know what will happen next in their journey with God. My response to such people and in such seasons is, I do not know what happens next. However, I know what is meant to happen now and I would rather be preoccupied with what God is saying now. I do not know what is going to happen tomorrow but I know God is there and I am going to follow Him into tomorrow.
Heb.11:9 “And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise.” The Scripture is pointing out to us that even though God had promised Abraham the land, when he got to the land, he still had to live as an alien, as a refugee. Abraham was living in tents, while other people were living in beautiful houses in the land that God had promised him. Many times we benchmark God’s will with ease but the key [the proof] of God’s will is peace and not ease. Peace and not ease is the proof of God’s will.
Sometimes, you are in God’s will but you are in a tent. I know that this is not popular preaching and so a lot of people do not get it; they get confused when they are in tents. A man was going through a lot but he had a vision. His wife could not reconcile the fact that God had given him a Word [a vision]; and they were struggling so much. We counseled, begged and cajoled her but she grew impatient and left him. The man was heartbroken because he really loved her. We encouraged him to hold on to God’s promise and follow God. Overtime, God came through and he became pretty wealthy and he married a new wife. People began to pressure me to force him to go back to his wife. Should he have gone back to the first woman? I do not know but when we get to heaven we will know. I, in the meantime, congratulated his new bride.
Prayer: Lord, help me to pray, ponder, prepare and connect with the right counsel in the place of waiting on Your promises, in Jesus Name. Amen!
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