What does 2011 hold?

10 Jan
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January 10, 2011

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READ: Genesis 12:1-9

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.” —Genesis 12:1

One of the smartest people I know is a college friend who became a Christian
while studying at a state university. He graduated with honors and went on
to study at a respected seminary. He served a small church as pastor for several
years and then accepted a call to another small church far from family and friends.
After 12 years at that church, he sensed that the congregation needed new
leadership, so he stepped down. He hadn’t been offered a job at a bigger church
or a teaching position at a college or seminary. In fact, he didn’t even have
another job. He just knew that God was leading him in a different direction, so
he followed.

When we discussed it, my friend said, “A lot of people talk about being called to something, but I don’t hear much about being called from something.”

In many ways, my friend’s obedience was like that of Israel’s patriarch Abraham,
who went out, not knowing where God was leading (Heb. 11:8-10). Difficulties
like famine (Gen. 12:10), fear (vv.11-20), and family disputes (13:8) gave
reason for doubt, but Abraham persevered and because of his faith God counted
him as righteous (Gal. 3:6).

A life of obedience may not be easy, but it will be blessed (Luke 11:28).
—Julie Ackerman Link

As Abraham went out,
Not knowing where he was going;
Now, Lord, keep me from doubt,
To go the way You are showing. —Hess

You don’t need to know where you’re going if you know God is leading.


My response: God gave some strange directions to Abraham (Genesis 22: 1-19), Moses (Exodus 15:22-25) and Joshua (Joshua 6:1-20), yet they obeyed even when it didn’t make sense and God worked things out for them.

I will trust and obey God even when it doesn’t make sense. I may not know where I am heading in 2011 but I know that God is leading. I am called from where I am now, to where He wants me to be.

I will claim His promise in Deuteronomy 7:12 that if I pay attention to His laws and are careful to follow them, then He, the Lord my God, will keep His covenant of love with me.

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