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A Slice Of Life To Go is an online Christian blog written by Todd Thompson. It encourages people to see the beauty in ordinary moments and to know God’s unconditional, unfailing love in everyday life.

Faith – Part 2

March 12th, 2009

Have you resigned yourself that your dreams will never come true?

That those impossible circumstances you’re facing will never be resolved?

Are you settling for what you see?

Or are you trusting God for what you can’t see?

When Abraham answered the phone, God was on the line. “Abraham, I want you to move out of town. I want you to leave your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I’m going to make you a great nation. I’m going to bless your socks off. And if you think you’re well known around here now with your name in the business and society pages, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I’m going to make your name great. In fact, through you I’m going to bless all the families of the world.” That’s what God said before he hung up.

Now Abraham had been on the receiving end of plenty of lucrative offers. He was used to headhunter executives in Armani suits and Italian loafers dangling stock options in front of his nose hoping he would take the bait so they could slap golden handcuffs on his wrists. But this was an offer like none he’d ever heard. God said to pick up and go. But He didn’t tell him where. All the corporate five-year plans Abraham had drafted in his career always had a goal. You’d think God could be a little more specific than, “Just go and I’ll let you know when you get there.” Certainly God knew the ultimate destination. So why didn’t He clue him in?

But faith is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”. Abe got out a yellow legal pad and drew a line down the middle. When he finished making his list, there was an awful lot in the “not seen” column. He didn’t have an itinerary, he didn’t have a plan, he didn’t have a timetable. He didn’t even have a map. But He had the promise of God. And that was enough.

Because genuine faith is a confidence that God’s promises are bigger than the unknown.

Moving is never easy to do. Even when you know where you’re going, which Abraham and Sarah didn’t. Relocating is a royal pain. Yet at 75 and 65 years old, respectively, Abraham and Sarah got off the front porch swing and followed God.

We might think that after God called and Abraham and Sarah obeyed that things would start to happen quickly. After all, this plan isn’t being channeled through a high rise building full of bureaucratic committees. We’ve got God working this plan. You can’t get more efficient than that, right?

And isn’t that how we feel? When we get serious about our faith and our walk with God, do we not expect to see results sooner than later?

Abraham and Sara played God’s promises over and over in their mind like a loop tape in a VCR. They were especially excited about the promise of a great nation, though they’d be happy with just one baby to start the great nation. They were thrilled about the promise because it meant that after years of riding the emotional roller coaster, they were going to have a child. Naturally, they couldn’t wait.

But wait they did.

One year passed. Then two. Then five. At ten years Sarah decided that, in spite of what God had said, her biological clock wasn’t a Timex that would keep on ticking. She persuaded her Abraham to pursue a human solution to a divine plan. You must want children pretty desperately when you tell your husband to get the maid pregnant. “After all”, she said to Abraham, “it’s legal where we live.” Legal. But not divine. And even though God works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to his purpose, this was a decision that would shadow them like a dark cloud for many years.

That’s a temptation, isn’t it? When we’ve traveled in faith to the point where we can’t see where we started and we can’t see the end, the temptation is to stop in the middle and fix the problem on our own apart from God. It’s a very human response.

Those impossible circumstances in your life…are you settling for a human solution when you should be waiting on God?

24 years after God first promised to make Abraham a great nation, He decided to drop by incognito and pay them a surprise visit. Their Winnebago was under the big tree at the Mamre Oaks RV Park when He knocked on their door. And He came with an announcement. He told Abraham that in a year Sarah would have a baby boy.

Sarah was inside washing some dishes in the sink, listening through the screen window. She was pushing 90 years old and thought she had heard it all. But this one took the cake. She couldn’t help laughing at the thought of having a baby in the geriatric ward. It was a crazy thought.

Crazy enough to be true.

And true it was. Because when God makes a promise, He keeps it. Maybe not on our timetable, but He never breaks a promise. God may seem slow, but He’s never late.

For nine months after they conceived Abraham and Sarah enjoyed the hilarious reality of God’s faithfulness to them. They had planning to do. It was going to take some serious letter writing to convince Medicare to pay a maternity bill.

“Hey, Sarah”, the 100-year old Abraham would yell to his 90-year old wife from across the tent, “how does it feel to be married to such a virile young man?”

And Sarah would holler back, “How does it feel to be married to such a foxy young lady?” Then they would laugh themselves silly until the tears rolled down their wrinkled cheeks. “We’re going to have a baby boy”, she would say. “Isaac”, he would answer.

Isaac. The name God gave them. In Hebrew it means “he laughs”, which proves that God is not without a sense of humor.

God honored the faith of Abraham and Sarah in His time and in His way.

Friends, are you resting in God’s timetable and faithfulness? Are you prepared for His hilarious solution?

We read about  Abraham and Sarah’s adventure of faith with a simple turn of a page. But what a struggle it must have been to hold on to God’s promise during those 24 years between God’s initial phone call and His surprise visit at the RV park. How many times they must have been tempted to quit. To go back to their hometown where life was familiar and comfortable. To go back and sit on the front porch again.

Yet if they had, oh what they would have missed. The hilarious ending was also a hilarious beginning. From a geriatric couple, the wife barren as a hard scrabble field on the back forty, God began the great nation through whom Christ would come.

We walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t sit by faith. We walk by faith. Move in the direction of your God-given dreams and desires. God’s hilarious ending… and beginning…are waiting for you in His time.

“Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith without wavering, for He (God) Who promised is faithful.” –  Hebrews 10:23

Todd A. Thompson – www.ASliceOfLifeToGo.com