When God spoke to Abraham, the promises He made were as of yet unrealized. In fact, Abraham never saw the complete fulfillment of all that was promised:
- Many descendants,
- Permanent possession of the land,
- Great blessings both for Abraham and all Nations.
These promises must have sounded fantastic to Abraham. He probably thought, “Bring on the blessings!”
Whether one lived 4,000 years ago in the Middle East or right around the corner today, people haven’t changed much. We all prefer pleasant certainties. But life isn’t like that. Is it?
Regardless of the blessings Abraham and Sarah eventually received, there was a present reality they experienced. They had to “Go!”, leaving their comfortable, familiar surroundings and venture out into the unknown. In great faith, Abraham and Sarah ventured forth one step at a time as bearers of God’s image in an idolatrous world. They were light to those living in darkness.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
Election Day 2020
Election season never seems to end. Many in this country look ahead to 2020 as a do or die election. In the end, political adversaries will be either wildly jubilant or deeply depressed. Please, chill out. According to Romans 13, God raises rulers. He takes them down. Whoever wins during this election cycle has been appointed by God for this time.
During this election season, those of us who identify as followers of Messiah Jesus must go forth into the world to live and speak light into the darkness. We must demonstrate love and compassion, even for those we firmly oppose. Marching mobs, placards, anger, and violence only extend the darkness, swallowing up this country.
The months ahead provide incredible opportunities for disciple-making Jesus followers to go forth and into the darkness and be used of God to overcome it.