It is very difficult to step outside of the box and do things differently than the normal way. But when you are sold out to God, you learn to obey even if you don’t have all of the answers.
Presently, I can testify about going forth without all the facts. My wife and I currently have domiciles in both Hinesville and in Dalton upon taking a new position with the Department of Labor as the veteran representative. We gave up our church and helped a new church get started, and we left our home to have our son house-sit for us while we enjoy our grand apartment in the mountains. We are trusting in the Lord to use us in a land that we know not. My wife and I do believe this is the leading of the Lord. During this transition, the Lord has made provision after provision. Door after door has been opened since our arrival. I dare you to trust God, even if you don’t know all of the details.
A long time ago, I said, “Lord, I’ll go where you want me to go and do what you want me to do.” I didn’t know that would include Dalton. I read and preached about Abraham, and now I fully understand what he experienced when God told him to go forth and make a sacrifice. Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whether he went.” Abraham didn’t know where he was going, but he had to go out or go forth as he obeyed the Lord. Abraham stepped outside the box and, the Bible says, “He had faith.”
Faith goes against logic, and many times faith doesn’t make sense. In Genesis 22:1-2, Abraham goes forth, even though he didn’t understand why God called him to take his son up for sacrifice, but he trusted God. In verses 4 and 5, Abraham trusted God and had faith in God. He instructed the men that he and the lad would go worship and return unto them. In verses 7-11, Abraham did not waiver but he trusted God and was getting ready to obey God in offering up his son. The son questioned Abraham, asking him where the sacrifice was and he replied, “The Lord will provide.” Abraham trusted God, and he looked to the Lord as he went forth.
The holy word instructs us to, in all our ways, acknowledge the Lord and he will direct our path. In verses 11-14, the Lord provided. The angel of the Lord called out to Abraham and said, “Do thy son no harm seeing thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thou son from me.” When Abraham lifted his eyes, he saw God’s provision: a ram caught in the thicket.
People of the Lord, we haven’t kept or withheld anything from the Lord. Hopefully one day, we can just be in one location as we continue to go forth in the Lord. You can never wrong trusting in the Lord, because he will provide.
Williams is the former pastor of Rhema Christian Fellowship in Hinesville and member of the United Ministerial Alliance.