How many times do we question God as we sit on “G”, waiting on “O”? God calls us to move out on faith, walking blindly through places never before seen, doing things we have never done before; and, He promises blessings all along the way. So why do we interrogate when He asks us to GO?
Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV) – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
The Lord orders our steps, but there is one condition: We have to be willing to step, even in the blind. Is God trying to lead you to a place of greater service? Have you taken that first step or are you still stuck in fear and doubt? Complacency in our present positions keeps us from pushing forward with our destiny. We are compromising our destiny at the expense of our history.
Genesis 12:4-9 (NIV) – So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai,his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Morehat Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent,with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lordand called on the name of the Lord. 9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Does it say that Abraham stayed and complained? Does it say that Abraham demanded His promise right away? Does it say that he stomped his foot and cried out to God and asked, “Where is this blessing you are talking about?” NO!
Promises require obedience. In our fallen world of instant gratification, some of us have been unwisely trained that waiting on the good is no longer an option. So we settle for second best. God gave Abraham the land of Canaan, right then and right there. Abraham believed in his promise and continued to walk out God’s plan, living in tents, waiting forever and a day for a son, crying out to God, moving from place to place, doing whatever God called him to do. He sat on “G” and waited on “O” and was called out of his godless, self-centered city and into the land flowing with milk and honey. Because of one man’s obedience to God and his willingness to walk in the blind, 700 YEARS later his descendants finally possessed the land promised to him. And those people and the ones that have come after them are now more numerous than the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore!!
Abraham didn’t complain, he didn’t question, he didn’t gripe about his provisions or the lack thereof. He didn’t question God’s timing, he didn’t ask “How”. Abraham built an altar to the Lord and did what he was told, never seeing in his lifetime the ultimate promise fulfilled, Jesus on the cross for the sins of the world…in former Canaan. WOW!
Your promises, and mine, may not be for us to see, but are we setting up our future generations for success or are we setting them up for a fall because we are perfectly content sitting in a pew once a week and doing nothing more? The choice is OURS! Get stepping and worship God even in the waiting, not for your pleasure, but for His!
Hebrews 11:8-16 (NIV) – By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.