When you first learn about faith as a Christian it is presented merely as the trust God desires for His people to have. What you typically aren't told, is that faith is terrifying. Faith requires a certain degree of ignorance. There will be parts of your faith journey that you simply do not understand, and that is scary. As a result, faith also requires a degree of humility. You can't trust that God will take care of you in the unknown if you have too high a view of yourself. In this sense, faith is not only terrifying, but also difficult.
In our reading today (Gen. 12:1-9), we see Abraham embark on the difficult and terrifying journey of leaving behind everything he's ever known, his extended family and homeland, to go to face an unknown future in an unknown place. In the midst of this request of God, Abraham is given a promise "I will make of you a great nation" (Gen. 12:2). Is Abraham's journey still terrifying and difficult? Yes, but it becomes less so because Abraham knows God is at the helm and is leading him to a beautiful future.
The faith journeys God asks us to embark on are no less difficult or terrifying. We are daily asked to step out on faith when we
Encounter tough life situations.
Struggle with our children and/or our spouse.
Watch the plans for our life go up in flames.
Take the gospel to strangers.
Help and serve others.
Try something new.
Here's the good news, like Abraham we have a beautiful future to look forward to. Heaven waits for the faithful and no matter how difficult or terrifying the situation, God goes before us leading us to a place of great success.
What are some specific areas in your life where God asks you to step out in faith?
Our fear of what may happen often keeps us from taking the leap of faith God wants us to take. On your bathroom mirror (or on something else you will see daily) write the words "Headed to Heaven" as a reminder that no matter how terrifying or difficult the leap of faith may seem, God has placed heaven as our end destination.
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