Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Faith in the Journey

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/13/11 Hebrews 9-11 - Faith in the Journey

S= Scripture  O= Observation A= Application  P= Prayer

S - Hebrews 11:8-10 JB Phillips, It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the summons to go out to a place which he would eventually possess, and he set out in complete ignorance of his destination. It was faith that kept him journeying like a foreigner through the land of promise, with no more home than the tents which he shared with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs with him of the promise.  For Abraham's eyes were looking forward to that city with solid foundations of which God himself is both architect and builder.

O - In this faith chapter, the author of Hebrews is using Abraham as an example of one who walked by faith.  Picture what this was like for Abraham, journeying with family and tents, day by day being led by the Lord, choosing to get up again the next day, to journey again - to an unknown foreign destination.  I'd say that this experience would indeed require faith!

A - Likewise, often the Lord takes us on journeys to unknown places. I have several friends who are in this season now of daily choosing to believe that the difficult experiences they are walking through today is important for a better destination eventually.  As Christians, we grow and evolve, becoming more Christ-like, on these journeys we submit to - with faith in God's leading.  Unfortunately, it's often very difficult in the present day by day choice of faith (packing up tents and moving would get old after a while for me!).  But look back - isn't it better in the end and worth the daily sacrifices?

P - Father, we thank you for your leading to unknown places; You have our best in mind.  Our eyes must be on You and the prize waiting at the end of our faith and obedience. Give us strength to do the daily work and fortitude to hang in for the long haul.  We embrace faith - full confidence in the things we cannot see.  We trust you are up to something really good!  Amen.

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