Thursday, June 29, 2006

Leave it all behind...

In Genesis --chapter 12, verse 1:

Now the LORD had said to Abram:

Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father's house,
To a land that I will show you.

Abram was told by God to LEAVE everything --his country - what was familiar to him, his family - his support system, his home --his refuge and go to where?... to a land that the Lord would show him --eventually --after he made the move to leave. Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone! What an incredible thing the Lord was asking of Abram. He was asked to trust completely.

How did he respond? We read his response in the New Testament --Hebrews 11:8 :

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Abraham obeyed --- in faith.

And as a result, his descendents outnumber the stars in the sky.

He trusted the Lord, not only with his past and present --but with his future as well. So often, we easily give the Lord our past sin --trust Him to cleanse and forgive us. We are even able to trust Him in the moment. But do we trust Him with our futures...not knowing what they hold --trying to plan, contrive and control our lives and then asking Him to bless what we've planned, contrived and controlled. All the while perhaps not walking in His will.

May we be able to trust Him completely with every aspect of our lives ---even if it means being obedient if He asks us to step out of our comfort zone.

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God's unfailing love
for ever and ever.

Psalm 52:8


Birmingham Girl said...

OK, I haven't read your post yet, will do that in a minute. You're comment on my blog blew me away today. YOU NEED TO WRITE A BOOK! you have so much to share, I can't even imagine the lives you will touch. You amaze me.
On the weight loss go girl! As a little side note, my daughter just started a weight loss blog she has lost over 100 pounds and she writes about the journey. ..ok, back to reading today's post.

Birmingham Girl said...

correction....that blog is
she would probably appreciate it if her mother got it right!

Birmingham Girl said...

WOW, your post today addressed my post today. I don't just visit my comfort zone, I build a home with a two car garage there. I'm a comfort zone junkie. Thanks for the words of wisdom, I'm printing them, they're to 'right on' not to have close by.