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Hoping against hope DAY 26

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1

I have taken many faith-steps in my life. Many a time I felt like a Peter called to walk on water, not knowing what the outcome may be. And yet, time after time, God has come through for me. Even those times where I did not put my trust in Him, but made my own plans, trying to figure out things for myself. And here we are again, standing in front of the great unknown. When a friend shared the above Scripture last night on a Zoom meeting, it spoke deep into my heart and I felt like sharing some of it. The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. The father of the faith had to step out into the unknown and trust God. Abraham (previously called Abram) had everything going for him. Coming from a wealthy family, having job-security and all the provision for the future, he was suddenly faced with a call from a God that he didn’t even know. Traditions teaches that Abram’s father Terah was an idol worshiper who actually made idols for his people. This God now called him to leave everything behind, to start over and follow Him with blind faith. In many ways we are in a similar position. Many of us have lost a lot in a very short space of time. And none of us are really certain how this will pan out and what will come next. It might be good for us to consider a lesson or two from Abraham’s story. · He didn’t know where He was going, but he trusted God. · He left so much behind and yet still hoped. · He had to go where others stopped. He didn’t know where He was going, but he trusted God. Trust in God is founded in the character of the One we are to trust. In my own life I’ve seen Scripture become real when it says God is faithful and He is trustworthy. So, even though we have no assurance of the future, we can put our trust in a faithful, trustworthy God who will never change. He left so much behind and yet still hoped. We all are leaving certain things behind. Security, comfort, control. You name it, it is lying somewhere in the past now. Abraham left his country, his people and his father’s household behind, stepping into an uncertain future. Later on in Abraham’s life he had to go through many more faith tests but he kept hoping, knowing that God’s words will come to pass. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be.” Rom. 4:18 He had to go on where others stopped. It is widely believed that Terah, his father, started a journey to Canaan, the promised land, but got ‘stuck’ in Haran where Abraham grew up. Let us not get stuck in our current situation, but let’s apply faith and hope that we will keep going to receive all the promises God has for us. As I put my eldest to bed tonight and read the story of Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on water with Jesus, I ‘heard’ Him call us to join Him and also step out in faith. Let’s go. Stay safe and stand strong. Retief Burger





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