We are all on a journey through this life.
The patriarch Abraham’s journey gives us great insight for our own journey.
Abraham was greatly blessed by the Almighty Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Yahuwah called Abraham His friend! (Isaiah 41:8) Yahuwah made a Covenant with Abraham – a Covenant that was a Promise of a Great Blessing to Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 17:1-2; Genesis 22:15-18).
Messiah Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Christ Jesus], was also greatly blessed by the Almighty Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. Yahuwah called Yahushua His Son! (Isaiah 41:8; see also Matthew 17:5) Yahuwah also made a Covenant with Yahushua and His followers – a Covenant that they too would receive the Promise made to Abraham – the Promise of a Great Blessing (Galatians 3:13-14; see also Acts 13:32-33).
This Promise of Blessing made unto Abraham is given to all who have The Faith of Abraham. This Promise is sure and steadfast also to all who have faith in, and follow, Yahushua Messiah, walking with Messiah in the journey of this life.
But what made Abraham so special, so blessed?
We know he was blessed . . . because he believed God! He believed the trust-worthiness of God’s Word and he obeyed God:
By FAITH, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, he obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he went. (Hebrews 11:8).
Abraham obeyed God by going OUT . . . not knowing.
Abraham did not sit down to ‘think about it’. He did not ‘worry about it’ or ‘try to figure it out’. Abraham did not – ‘put it off until later’.
Think about it. Abraham was obedient to God’s Word and he went out — NOT knowing any of the details!
You and me, we are all called by God to believe in Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] — to go to Messiah, to receive the joy of the cleansing of our sin, and to know the closeness of His presence. And then, to each one of us, Yahuwah calls us also to go OUT — go out of this world’s prideful, lustful ways:
Then they cried unto Yahuwah [the LORD] in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. 14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. (Psalms 107:13-14)
You that love Yahuwah [the LORD], hate evil: He preserves the souls of His saints; He deliveres them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalms 97:10
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. (1Peter 2:9)
When we look to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], when we receive His Son as our Saviour, then He begins the process of calling us and bringing us out — out of “Egypt” — out of worldiness, corruption, selfishness, and out of the darkness of sin and wickedness.
God calls us to ‘Come Out’ so that He can bring us IN:
- And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land which He sware unto our fathers. (Deuteronomy 6:23; see also 2Corinthians 6:14-18; John 15:18-19; Ephesians 5:6-11).
Father wants to bring us into the life-long journey of entering into His Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy. Father wants us to begin the journey of walking WITH His Son, being His Yoke-Mate, sharing His truth with others, and urging others to reconcile with Him.
We are all called by God.
The question is: Will we go out — even if we do not know?? Can we make the journey and do what faithful Abraham did, to obey God — to go out, not knowing?
“Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Will we go out to Yahushua [Jesus]? Will we go to Him, ‘outside the camp’ — outside our comfort zone? — not knowing where He will lead us? Will we take the risk to go out to Yahushua and walk with Him into an unknown path?
The apostle Peter went out. He took the risk. He got out of the boat – out of his comfort zone (see Matthew 14:25-33). Peter became fearful, but Yahushua took hold of him. Peter did not know what would happen, but he went out by faith. Peter trusted in Yahushua’s Words and love: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.”
Can we do the same? Can we be courageous and trust Him to be with us and hold us, guide us through the uncertainties and fears? Will we live by His Word, speak His truth, walk by faith, continue in the journey through the unknowns, through the hardships, and bear the reproach Messiah endured? (see Hebrews 13:13).
“If it is absolutely necessary to you
to first know the answers to life’s questions,
then forget the journey.
You will never make it.
Because life’s journey is a journey of unknowables —
a journey of unanswered questions,
of enigmas and mysteries,
and, most of all,
a journey of things unfair.”
— Madame Guyon
Our journey through this life is a journey of UNknowables.
For Abraham, his journey was filled with unknowables! Many times, his questions went unanswered. Many times, all he could do was WAIT — wait for years. At times, he had moments of failures and regrets. And yet, through the years, Abraham maintained his commitment to live his life in submission to the supreme Creator of heaven and earth – Yahuwah Elohim.
Like Abraham, we too will have a journey of unknowables. We too will have questions that go unanswered. We too will have to wait. We too will have moments of failures. And, we too will have to maintain our commitment to Yahuwah [the LORD].
We can be sure however, of One thing through the trials and the waiting – the one and only thing that is sure and unchanging: God’s faithful Word.
Abraham trusted the Almighty Living Elohim! Abraham was God’s friend! And Abraham waited, not knowing what was ahead, but he held tightly to the trust-worthy Word of Yahuwah for years!
Will we do the same? Will we hold tightly to God’s written Word – His teachings, commandments, precepts, and principles?
God’s Word — permanent, solid, absolute, reliable, and eternal! (Psalm 111:7-8) Will we choose His Word in all our decisions?
God’s Word — the Way, the Truth, and the Life — Living and Powerful (John 14:6)! And as amazing as it sounds, Yahushua Messiah is the Living, eternal WORD of Yahuwah Elohim made flesh! (John 1:1,14)
God IS A Rewarder
In the journey of this life, we can count on God’s clear promise to those who seek Him:
- God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! (Hebrews 11:6; see also Genesis 15:1)
Faithful Abraham believed in, trusted in, and was confident of the One and only thing that is unchanging and dependable:
the Word of God! – the WORD that is living, powerful, piercing, discerning, sharper than any two-edged sword! And Abraham was rewarded!
Believers in Messiah are on a journey — walking with Messiah, imitating Him, honouring Him, seeking to follow His Ways. In our journey, though we face many unknowns, we will find that there is only One thing that is unchanging and completely trust-worthy:
the Word of God – the Living Word (His Son) and the written Word (His Instruction Manual, the Bible)! And we will be rewarded!
Watchman Nee trusted God’s Word through his trials and his years of waiting. And he was enabled to say this about Messiah: “He is worthy for me just to live for Him!” May it be that each one of us can say the same thing in our journey through this life!
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