When God spoke to Abraham, the promises He made were as of yet unrealized. God promised many descendants, a land as a permanent possession, and great blessings both for Abraham and all nations. These promises must have sounded great to Abraham. He may have 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 to be experienced first. They had to “Go!” They had to leave their comfortable, familiar surroundings and venture out into the unknown, into the dark. 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
Mid-term elections are just around the corner. For many, this is a do or die election. Depending on one’s political vantage point, when the votes are tallied political adversaries will be either wildly jubilant or deeply depressed. Read Romans 13. God raises rulers. He takes them down. Whoever wins during this election cycle has been appointed by God for this time.
After this election season, those of us who identify as followers of Messiah Jesus must go forth into the world and speak light into the darkness. We must demonstrate love and compassion, even for those we strongly oppose. Marching mobs, placards, anger, and violence only extend the darkness swallowing up this country.
The next few months provide incredible opportunities for disciple-making Jesus followers to go forth and into the darkness and allow God to overcome it.