Sunday, July 8, 2018

Abraham's 1st Test--Stepping Into the Unknown

God tested Abraham’s faith in three different ways. His first test was when God told him, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s family and go to the land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). He had to leave everything behind to go into unfamiliar territory, which had to be scary.

A map drawn in 1525 of the east coast of North America, which is now in the British Museum, has some interesting comments on it. The mapmaker wrote across the areas of then unexplored land and sea the words: "Here be giants," "Here be fiery scorpions," "Here be dragons." The map later fell into the hands of the scientist, Sir John Franklin. He scratched out all the fearful markings and wrote, "Here is God."

Imagine the fear the early explorers felt when they read that map. The fear of imaginary dragons kept them from discovering new worlds. Fear of the unknown can keep us from discovering what God has planned for us. Abraham left for the unknown land because he believed “Here is God.” You will eventually be tested in this way, so here’s how to do it.

1. LEARN TO HEAR GOD SPEAK TO YOU. Don’t leave your current situation until you have a clear word from God. He will speak to you through thoughts in your mind, or a strong desire in your heart, or a change in your circumstances. He’s telling you to do something that you’ve never done before.

2. TAKE THE FIRST STEP. After hearing from God, you must take a step in the direction you believe He is leading you. Obedience means stepping into unfamiliar territory like Abraham. To get something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.

3. TRUST GOD TO LEAD YOU TO THE RIGHT DESTINATION. Abraham had to trust God with each step he took. We have no record of God speaking to him again until he reached the correct destination, which was 450 miles from his home. When he arrived in the land of Israel God said, “To your descendants I will give this land” (Gen. 12:7). And this is why Israel exists today.
Abraham passed the first test. Next week we’ll look at his second test.
BIBLE STUDY: Don’t Be Afraid

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