Faith, Vision, And Obedience
– Pierre Oosthuizen
God told Abraham (then Abram) to, “Get out of your country, from your kindred and your father’s house to a land that I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1. And believing in the promise, he obeyed. He left Ur (Iraq), accompanied by his father Terah and nephew Lot. Still under Terah’s authority and influence, he was sent to Haran (Turkey), until Terah died. Abram, now 75 and finally his own man, was free to travel south into Canaan, where “by faith he dwelt in the land of promise” – Hebrews 11:9. Although Abraham made mistakes during his sojourn of faith, he’s known for his faith and obedience!
God is interested in your faith & obedience, not your mistakes. Abraham moved through what is now Israel, a small country covering only 0.013% of the land surface of the earth. Yet, “from one man . . . were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude.” – Hebrews 11:12. God’s vision is not restricted by the limitations of your situation. The promise was, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great . . . and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:2-3. This was Abraham’s ultimate destiny. What God said to Abraham in the beginning was what God brought to pass. Your destiny is contained in what God said to you at the beginning. Stay your course – don’t give up. Keep the vision before you, believe and obey – it will come to pass.
JOY! Magazine (August 2018)