“And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
For the first forty years of my life, I read this verse from Hebrews 11 with some measure of admiration for Abraham’s faith, but mostly with relief that I had never been called upon to embark on such a venture. Now, in my forty-first year, I find myself reluctantly following in our Father Abraham’s faithful footsteps.
Most of you probably know that at the end of last year, our family concluded that God was calling us to move on to something else. This was not our first choice, but we have responded the best we know how. As time progressed, we thought we might have some idea of that which He was calling us to, as I navigated through five rounds of interviews with a well-known ministry in North Carolina. I was excited about the opportunity, as it encompassed a number of things I care deeply about. But alas, it was not to be: I found out just a couple days ago that I was not selected for the position.
After our decision in December, I quickly realized two things. First, that my trust in God had not been as deep as I thought it was. Perhaps I didn’t think it was necessary – my employment situation was stable, my housing arrangements were secure, and all our needs were cared for abundantly. So this has been a good reminder of the need for a “live by faith” attitude to saturate Every Single Area of life – even the things that seem like they’re taken care of.
The second thing I realized is that I really don’t like uncertainty, or not knowing important things. On some levels, I don’t mind uncertainty; for instance, I can handle not knowing what will be on the menu for tomorrow night’s dinner, or which day next week will have the best weather for a bike ride. But on bigger issues, such as where our family of nine will live in two months, or what we’ll do to sustain ourselves, I kinda like to know what’s going on!
On balance, Jesus did say not to be anxious about these things. Our heavenly Father knows that we need them, He said. That is easier said than done, though.
So I have found myself reminding myself often of those things that I do know. Here is a list:
- God is good.
- All the time.
- And He is always working.
- For my good.
It seems to me that if we really know these things – I mean, really, really know them – then we’re a lot more comfortable with not knowing other things that, by comparison, will someday be viewed as momentary, light afflictions.
As we enter another Sabbath this evening, perhaps your situation is not as “up-in-the-air” as mine; or maybe you are also facing some significant unknowns in the near future. Either way, let’s rest in the knowledge of some things worth knowing: God is good. All the time. And He is always working. For our good. And with God’s help, we’ll be sure to find our way to that for which Abraham was searching: a city with foundations, designed and built by our Father in heaven.