By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
In life we have a tendency to look forward, be it in dread or or joy of a future event. It may be a birthday, a holiday or even just a meeting with a loved one for lunch. At present some will be looking forward to Christmas in anticipation, whilst others will be looking forward in dread. As believers we are called to not look far ahead, but instead to live by faith in God as Abraham did in our text today.
Abraham is a sterling example of faith in God, one we would do well to follow in our own walk of faith. I was struck by the sentence structure; “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed” – he did not question God, but simply obeyed! Abraham went where God lead him, not knowing where he was going – he had faith in his Guide. Do we simply obey, going wherever He leads us?
The promised land that God lead Abraham to was probably not what Abraham expected; it was occupied by hostile peoples on every corner, but by faith Abraham stayed. Not only were they in hostile territory, they still lived in tents believing God for a home. They were “looking for the city which has foundations,” promised them by God. It was not just any place, it was a definite place with foundations chosen by God for them. We may not know where God is leading us, and maybe we find ourselves temporarily in hostile territory. Like Abraham we keep believing in our specifically chosen place by God’s sovereign will.
Dear reader, be assured that our God is a promise keeper! He has you and your future in His hand, held securely. He brought Abraham to the promised land for a purpose, which lead to the descendants of and to the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem hundreds of years later. Thus your future has purpose by His will too; after all He is not a God of randomness but a God of specific details to His Glory!