Following God into the Unknown

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Story of the day: Following God into the Unknown

These past few weeks have been very testing. With Jeff leaving to Iraq for an entire year, I can honestly say the enemy began to play the “what ifs” on our minds. What if something happens over in Iraq, what if he has to stay past 365 days. What if he has to travel by convoy or air, what if they don’t bring the troops home early? The fear of the unknown began to get the better part of us. This test that we were given to follow God into the Unknown has been so challenging, that tears are evident just about every day. I prayed to God, that if it’s His will, to remove this from our life.  Yes, the military is sending him, but the tasking is coming from God and is so much bigger than we can see. And as much as my flesh wants him here, I know God will use him there. And isn’t that what we are really here on earth for? To go where God calls us to go and do what God asks us to do, regardless of what it may be? Yes, yes it is. And once that seed of faith and trust in God, following Him into the unknown was planted, it began to grow into something beautiful that we could see.

This whole scenario of Jeff leaving is best summed up by some profound words that author David McCasland wrote about in,  Following God Into the Unknown. He writes:

“One of the greatest obstacles we face in following Christ is the fear of the unknown.  We yearn to know in advance the outcome of our obedience and where He is taking us, yet we are given only the assurance that He is with us and that He is in charge.  And with that, we venture into the unknown with Him.

Abraham modeled the response of a person who is willing to walk with God into an uncertain future.  “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)

Abraham knew that God had called him and had given him a promise–and that was enough.  He was willing to entrust his future to the Lord.

We may do the same by trusting our Lord for the future and stepping out in faith.  As we stand on the threshold of the unknown, may this prayer and anticipation be yours:

O Lord God, who has called us, Your servants

To ventures of which we cannot see the ending,

By paths as yet untrodden,

And through perils unknown,

Give us faith to go out with good courage,

Not knowing where we go

But only that Your Hand is leading us

And Your love is supporting us.  Amen”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Venture into the unknown with faith in God.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 11:8

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray the words that David  McCasland wrote in a beautiful prayer, “O Lord God, who has called us Your servants, to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, and through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your Hand is leading us and Your love is supporting us.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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