Today's Lectionary Text
Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. (v.1) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out without knowing where he was going. (v.8)
At times it is hard to live by faith. I want to see the future! I want to be able to make plans for the months and years ahead. I am guessing that a lot of you reading this are the same way. Knowledge of what lies before me brings me comfort and peace. Oh, if life was only like that!
I also know what it is like to step out in faith, to take the risk, to not know. It makes me fearful, yet because I trust that God’s ways and plans are surer than mine, it is somewhat easier to make that step. The story of Abraham stepping out in faith has always brought me much peace and comfort. Abraham was obedient and left just as the Lord told him, and he was taken care of.
For many in The United Methodist Church right now, there are more questions than answers. The fact remains that right now, this very day, we have no idea what is going to happen. There are no answers presently. I imagine that is the way it was for Abraham. I’m sure he had questions (who wouldn’t)!
The power of the story is that (according to our scripture passage), Abraham didn’t stop and ask questions. The account in Genesis (chapter 12), is that Abraham listened, and then left! Faith is total confidence and complete trust.
I wonder what the next several months would look like in the Great Plains Conference and in The United Methodist Church, if we didn’t ask questions? What if we just all remained obedient to the call to make disciples and transform our communities, states, nation and world for Jesus Christ. I believe if we all do this, then the outcome will be like the lyrics Kenny Chesney sings in my favorite country song:
Everything's gonna be alright
-- Rev. Hollie Tapley
Prayer for Reflection
God, who knows all and is all, help us to obey You and know everything’s gonna be alright. Amen
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