Derek Smith, Lead Pastor LHBC
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
One night a house caught fire and a young boy was trapped inside upstairs. The boy climbed out of his window and onto the roof just praying somehow that he could get off before the fire engulfed the house. Just then his father came around the corner on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew his son had to jump in order to escape. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy cried out, “Daddy, I can’t see you.” The father replied, “But I can see you and that’s all that matters.
Friend, our loving heavenly Father can see us and that’s what really matters. Scripture says Abraham went out to the place God was leading him without knowing where he was going. There is so much in life that we do not know, so much we are blind to. We have no idea how everything is going to play out in our lives. We are told in the Scripture not to boast about tomorrow because we do not know what a day may hold. We are blind about so many things, but there is one who sees all things perfectly and His name is Yahweh God. Abraham followed God even when He had no clue where he was headed. See, faith is trusting in the character of God not merely hoping for favorable circumstances. Faith is believing in God’s plan when the outcome is uncertain. It’s knowing God is good no matter how bad it gets. How was Abraham able to do this? He had his eyes on heaven! He realized his home wasn’t here anyway, it was with God in His eternal city!
Friend, I don’t know what you’re going through this moment, but God does. You may not be able to see Him, but know for certain that He sees and loves you. He’s calling you to jump out into His arms. He’s asking you to trust and know that His way is best. Are you blind? Well, we all are a little bit, but remember that the Lord has His eyes on His children at all times. You can trust Him fully today no matter how uncertain things may seem.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Oh Father God, I know that you are good. I can’t always see or understand Your plan, but I believe you want what is best for my life. Even when I can’t see you, I know you see me. I trust You Lord. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 19In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.