Hebrews 11:8, 12
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
When God called Abraham, he simply got up and left his father’s house and went out looking for a city that the LORD told Abraham He “would” show him. (Genesis 12:1) What a man of faith. We don’t mind obeying God so long as we know where we are going, how God is going to get us there, how He will take care of us along the way and the timeline involved.
Abraham never questioned God. He just choose to believe God and got up and obeyed. Abraham was seventy five years old at this point. He was well established in his father’s house and in the city he lived in. He must have been hearing all kinds of voices of dissent and discouragement when he announced his intentions to leave. You can hear the voices of those around him. Sure God told you that. You belong here with us. Abraham left our city, it’s over for him.
Abraham ignored all the noise around him and got up and left. Twenty four years later, at ninety nine years of age, Abraham still has not reached the place promised him when the God of performance appears to him and rejuvenates his and Sarah’s dead body. New life comes from one, that turns into a river of life that is as the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea in multitude. All because of one act of obedience.
We do not understand the impact that one act of obedience can have. It is easier, it seems, to just remain inside our little comfort zone, called our father’s house and our city. Abraham just made a decision to believe God. He did not have the details, He just choose to believe and obey. He encountered resistance and negativity from the very start but they were of no effect. Abraham had decided that God was good and he was going to obey Him regardless of the price, time or effort involved.
One must wonder how many are left in today’s world that are willing to do what’s right instead of what’s convenient and feels good at the moment. Regardless of how hopeless a situation may seem, our God is big enough to do as He promised. All it takes on our part is believing He is who He is and obeying. That is the faith of Abraham.