Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Urged On By Faith

"[Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go." (Hebrews 11:8, Amplified)

I have been meditating on this Scripture for the past couple of days.

Abraham (and Sarah) went forth into what God was calling them to do. They didn't know the "how" or "why" to the story...only that God spoke, and that was enough. He didn't "trouble his mind about where he was to go".

We also know that Sarah was in the picture somehow...supporting her husband.

A little background: In Genesis 12, God spoke to Abraham (Abram at that time), and told him to leave his home and all his family members to a new land that God was promising to him. God promised to make Abraham a "great nation" as well as prosperity, and descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5) Mind you at this time, they had no children, and Abraham was already 75 years old when God told him to leave his home!

Can you imagine what Sarah was going through when God spoke to Abraham? What would you think if God told your husband that you were supposed to leave everything you've ever known?  She had to be a woman of great faith as well to follow her husband out of the familiar. But we know she followed him because she was there to experience all the promises that came to pass.

We can also deduce that Sarah didn't hinder Abraham from going after his calling. He became the "father of many nations" and experienced many other blessings that God promised.

That's our role as godly wives as well.

While most of our husbands probably don't have that kind of calling on their lives, there probably is something God is telling them to do (if they have a relationship with God). Well, friend, that calling includes you! What are you doing to support your husband? What has God called you both to do? Are you acting like Sarah, and going along with what God has in mind for your family, or are you dragging your heels, and looking back (much like Lot's wife later on in Genesis 19:26) clinging to the familiar and all that's keeping you from the Blessing of God?

What can you do today to support your husband and help you and your family move into all that God has for you? What kind of things are keeping you from trusting God?

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