What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done? Riding a roller coaster? Having kids? Starting a new school? For me, it would have to be sky-diving a few years ago. I’ve been somewhat afraid of heights my whole life, but I’ve never let that stop me from experiencing them. So, when a friend asked me if I wanted to go sky-diving with a few other guys, I thought, “Why not?” Sure it was risky, but I was certain it would be worth it. It was. Without a doubt it was the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever experienced. But first, I had to take a risk.
Abraham has always been fascinating to me in that he was known as the father of the Jewish people and noted for his great faith in God. But here’s the interesting thing about Abraham: he had nothing to go on. He didn’t have the Bible or even pieces of it at that point. He probably didn’t even have a whole lot of stories that had been passed down to him from his ancestors. But... he had an experience with the God of the universe, the Creator of all things and that was all he needed.
And so, for me, the interesting part of his story is that when God called him to pick up everything and leave - he did it. Verse 8 says, “He went without knowing where he was going.” God called him to something big, something he knew would change the world forever and, without knowing all the details, he followed God’s call.
So what is God calling you to do? How has He placed a call for you to change the world?
That looks different for all of us. For some, it may mean selling everything and moving to Haiti. For some it may mean being a better parent. It may mean finally asking your co-worker to come to church with you. Regardless, God is calling you to do something significant. Take some time this week and spend a few moments in prayer about what risk God is challenging you with. You’ll discover that when you follow God’s call on your life, even in a specific circumstance, the risk is always worth it.