Heb 11:9-10 “By faith Abram lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Genesis records twelve “faith challenges” that God gave to Abram. What can we learn from Abram’s first faith challenge? God told Abram to “pack-up and go” without a hint of his destination. At 75 yrs old, Abram went. Abrams household and possessions must have been substantial because he had lived in Ur for decades. Despite the obstacles, he moved his family, possessions and livestock from Ur through areas where food, water and shelter were uncertain. Day-in and day-out, for months across 600 miles, Abram trusted God’s promise without any hint of timing, distance or final destination! From Abram’s first faith-challenge and success, we learn that he trusted God’s promise and answered God’s call unconditionally.
God may never ask us, blindly, to move our entire household including parents, wife, children and livestock. However, God calls us frequently to stretch ourselves and grow our priorities. Are you being called to exchange the familiar for the unfamiliar, comfort for discomfort and pleasure for principle? Is God challenging you to prioritize people over things? Faith, like Abram’s faith, is about trusting God to clear murky waters after he tells us to jump-in. Trusting God in everything is about trusting God with everything.
Ps 62:5-6 “But I stand silently before the Lord, waiting for him to rescue me. For salvation comes from him alone. 6 Yes, he alone is my Rock, my rescuer, defense, and fortress—why then should I be tense with fear when troubles come?” (Living Bible translation)