Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 2, 2016
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
God’s will is a series of discoveries. It is the transition between discoveries that tests the true nature of my faith. I can press forward by faith, or I can analyze the situation until I am paralyzed by uncertainty. Abraham continued toward the unknown because he was certain the Lord was leading him. Great adventure accompanies my obedience to God.
Believers who are bound and determined to obey Christ are not bored. We are compelled by the love for our Lord to conquer the next challenging circumstance and pioneer the unfamiliar in prayer. We become soft and satisfied when we stop seeking the next kingdom opportunity. Our Savior Jesus is our Sherpa (guide) as we traverse in trust.
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9).
Are you inspired or intimidated by your faith adventure? Do you anticipate or dread doing the next right thing as you fulfill God’s calling on your life? Yes, Christ must come to you in clarity before you venture out for Him in obedience. But once you are sure of the Lord’s leading, do not let up until you have arrived at His destination. Go on your great adventure with God, and like a visit to a new country, enjoy the new sites and people.
The Holy Spirit directs a life on the move, not one that is stuck—preoccupied with either pleasure or pain. “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 nkjv). So make prayerful plans, but all the while remain nimble to the nudge of God’s Spirit. If you fall in love with your plans, you may miss adjusting to the Almighty’s way.
There is a reward for those who remain true to God’s call. It may only be the satisfaction of knowing you faithfully followed the Lord, but this is all that matters in the end. As a pilgrim passing through this life, launch your next eternal endeavor and experience the righteous ride with Him. Nothing risked may mean nothing lost, but every journey with Jesus is great gain. Discover what He wants today, and it will lead to what He wants tomorrow.
“Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me” (Psalm 5:8).
Prayer: What great adventure does God have for me? What can I do today to trust and obey?
Related Readings: Proverbs 11:3; Isaiah 48:17; Luke 4:1–3; Galatians 5:16–18
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