By faith Abraham when called to go to a place would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
I do not believe that Abraham lived his life loosely. I think he was calculated and thoughtful in his decisions. His life was going to change and it would be marked by faith. I am absolutely certain that others did not understand what he was about to do. He was a man of position and was well respected. Yet in making this decision to surrender to God in this was was disconcerting to those who heard of his vision. Could he have told others that it was God who told him to do it or did he keep the secret in his heart?
Yet I would ask, what kind of God would ask Abraham to give up all that he had to follow this new nomadic life? I think I would have preferred the life of knowing and being sure of what I had. It takes a long time to build security and a short while to take it down. I have asked myself the questions, would I be willing to do that, is there a heart in me to change, and do I have the courage to believe for more? Am I willing to go on a journey of faith not having a clear idea of where I am exactly going? Is there a part of me that identifies with this story? I also have had a dream in my heart. God has always had something more. God has always wanted a high level engagement. It is His desire that I live in a way that is daring and full of faith.
Sometimes we have to let go of that which is good to live that which is better. I have asked myself many times, am I ready to be edgy? Am I ready to live in a way that is not always known or clear? I think these scriptures are written to encourage us to believe that God has something more for us. The tenacious belief is part of the life of faith. It appears to others that we are doing something radical. Why would we do such a thing? I understand that for many, life is boring. It is as though they have fallen asleep at the switch. Yet the life that He calls us to can be and possibly should be full of adventure. Are we ready to open our eyes to God's best dream for us? He dreams big in regards to our future.
During this season of Thanksgiving let us rejoice in the dreams and plans God has given. Those issues of change, a deeper walk with Him, a believing for your generations to come that the God who promised will continue to intervene in your children's lives and your children's children's lives. As we are thankful let us all dream big and have the heart Abraham had; the heart that has the ability to move forward not always knowing exactly what will happen, but trusting God completely.