As I was thinking about writing you another letter, the story of Abraham came to mind. I remembered this verse in Hebrews and how encouraging it’s been to me.
"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." - Hebrews 11:8 NLT
In this verse, God shows up and tells Abraham he needs to move but He doesn’t tell him exactly where. God isn’t completely mysterious, though. He does say He will give Abraham the place where he moves as an inheritance.
Put yourself in Abraham’s shoes. This sort of proposition quickly cuts to whether you trust the character of the one making it. If you don’t fully trust, then there’s no way you’re going to leave everything you know and venture off into who-knows-where.
I’m sorry to say that I’ve sometimes struggled to obey and move forward because I haven’t fully trusted God. It’s a hard thing to come to terms with leaving one way of life for another. Especially when you don’t know where you’re going.
I think sometimes God asks us to leave behind everything we’ve known for something better. I’m not just talking about family, friends, job, material possessions…I’m also talking about ways of thinking, strategies for making life work, comfortable routines.
No matter how comfortable home may have been, Abraham still goes. What’s astonishing (in the Hebrews and Genesis accounts) is that there isn’t debate from Abraham concerning God’s request. You don’t hear him requesting proof before leaving. He doesn’t bargain with God. There’s no statement from Abraham where he says he will leave when, and only when, God meets certain demands. And there’s no wondering whether he heard clearly from God. By faith, he obeys.
God has an inheritance for us too - not a plot of land but a spiritual inheritance. 2 Peter 1:3 says that God has given us everything we need. It says that we receive everything we need by knowing God personally. An intimate relationship with God makes us His children and heirs.
God wants us to have our inheritance. We might struggle to accept it because we don’t know where we’re going. We might be afraid that we’ll have to leave things behind. We might not trust Him.
But (thank God) it’s not all up to us. God is the initiator and we are the responders. He gives us His inheritance, we say yes. He leads the way, we follow. He shows us what’s holding us back, we willingly release it. He takes ample time to build trust with us, and in that time we get to know Him better than ever before.
God invited Abraham and God invites us too. We get the chance to say yes.
I’ll be writing again next month. Between now and then (and anytime), if I can do anything to encourage you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
God bless, and enjoy your share in the inheritance (Colossians 1:12).
Mike Roncaglia, Executive Director