“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives and your father’s family and go to a land that I will show you.’ Abram departed as the Lord had instructed and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.”
I have discovered that when God calls you out, it is rarely a place of comfort. The struggle is real. He calls you to a place where depending on your own strength and even the strength of your family will not suffice; a place of the unknown. He will plant in your heart just enough vision to make the leap, but that is all. The rest of the journey is merely faith over fear.
Think about Abram. He was seventy-five years old and had always been with his father’s family. Their ways, their customs. He was secure in that land with family and wealth. Then God stepped in and said “Leave.” Abram was promised a land that God would show him. He did not give him a specific road map as to where he was going. But God does go on to promise him great things.
Abram’s response is simple. He departed. He left everything he had always known and stepped into the unknown with God. It does not say that he wrestled with the decision for an extended amount of time and then he left. He simply left. He did not have a fear of the unknown because he completely knew the One leading him. Abram did not have all of the answers but He trusted God with the outcome.
Recently, I was driving on the highway at 65 miles per hour. I was cresting a hill and could not see the road before me. I felt God speak to my heart, “You cannot see the road but you are not lowering your speed as to what lies ahead. You trust the road is there and that there are no obstructions. Why don’t you trust Me and the road I have for you? I have promised to be with you wherever you go.” Ouch.
My husband was talking to the corporate chaplain yesterday. He explained that I had been called to leave my job that we depend on and go on assignment for God. He explained that we do not know how it will work on paper. The chaplain said he and is wife had a significantly similar experience earlier in their life together. God told them to leave their jobs and they left. It was four months until God opened the perfect door for them. It was even part of their heart’s desire. He explained to my husband that in that four months, they never wanted for anything. It was as though they were still working.
Is God asking you to leave? Are you frightened and uncertain of what to do? 1 John 4:18 says there is no fear in love, fear involves torment. God sees you. He hears you. All He wants is your complete trust and faith. He is completely in control. You cannot go wrong when you step out with God. He was with Abram and He is with you too. Joshua 1:9 says to be strong and courageous. Do not wrestle with the decision. Walk forward with joy! A life you never imagined possible is available to you. All you have to do is obey.