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Monday, April 29, 2019

Obey: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry

Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.”


I once lived in a city where the statistics said that 50% of the population left after two years. Daily driving around parked moving vans was an ongoing given. If a person stayed four years, then he is considered a real resident. I came for a year and still felt like a visitor many years later, long past the resident definition. There were many days that I still didn’t have a clue where I was going—literally. I did become somewhat of an expert on wrong turns though, and what streets to avoid.

New journeys often start with excitement and anticipation, just like beginning faith steps. But then the map is backwards, a road doesn’t exist, the cart’s wheels fall off and suddenly it’s all overwhelming. That faith walk is as uncertain as the changing weather patterns. Instead of answering a nudge to become kinder, we find ourselves crabbier than ever. We start looking back to what was instead of ahead to new possibilities.

Spiritually and emotionally some days are a challenge to face, either because we have no idea what to expect, or we know exactly what the day will bring and do not want to participate at all. Like a stubborn toddler the word ‘no’ rushes up within us, even if we keep outwardly silent.

At least that’s what we often contemplate when we forget whose hand is holding onto us, and who knows every step on the route He has prepared, no matter how many hours, months, or years the process will take. The final destination is His chosen place. What we do need to do is walk a little closer. By faith.

Lord, we pray to obey with faith and go forward as you lead that today we may live in Your inheritance, in accord with Your purposes, and trust whatever steps You choose for us to take.

Your thoughts,

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