In 2015, Gavin Adams did an amazing series called “The Good Life?” at Woodstock City Church (http://woodstockcity.org/messages/the-good-life/). He started with Abram and made an interesting point.
Abram was living in an idolatrous country with his family. They had succumbed to the culture around them and taken up idols in their home (Joshua 24:2). God saw Abram in the middle of that and had a BIG destiny waiting for him. It would never be God’s best where he was, so God comes to Him and says “go” (Genesis 12:1, Hebrews 11:8). Asks him to leave everything he knows and start walking. No plan. No direction. Just “go”. Just pack up and start walking.
But in going, God promised to go with Him.
And Gavin made the interesting point – what if God’s purpose started with that walk? What if God’s plan was activated with that first step?
Because Abram needed time to leave his old ways completely behind.
Because Abram needed time to change his thinking.
Because Abram needed time to develop his faith for the big miracles God was promising.
Because Abram needed time to learn to be patient and wait for God.
Because Abram needed time to trust God fully.
Because Abram needed time to get to really know who God is.
So he and God walked. For many, many years. And in all those years, Abram learned. Abram learned who God was. Abram learned to depend on God. Abram learned to wait for God’s best. Abram learned to believe God would provide. Abram learned to obey, no matter how difficult. Abram learned to dream big – and shared that dream with his son Isaac.
And it started with a walk.
One step after another. Into the unknown. With God all the way. Holding onto a big promise from the God of the impossible.
Did Abram always get it right? No. He was persuaded to make things happen on his own, which is why Ishmael was born (Genesis 16). God forgave him and used those moments to grow Abram in ways maybe not possible before. And as Gavin said, God was with Abram in all these stops.
So with every right step, Abram grew with God. And with every wrong step, Abram grew with God. God wasted no opportunity in His time with Abram.
And the result?
Genesis 15:6 – Abraham believed God
Genesis 22:12 – now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son
Genesis 26:24 – My servant Abraham
Genesis 48:15 – God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked
Exodus 32:13 – [Moses to God] Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants
2 Chronicles 20:7 – Abraham Your friend forever
Nehemiah 9:8 – You found his heart faithful before You
Psalm 47:9 – The people of the God of Abraham
Isaiah 29:22 – the Lord, who redeemed Abraham
Isaiah 51:2 – For I [God] called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.
Matthew 1:1 – the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham
Romans 4:16 – to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
And why? Because Abram took a walk. And while he walked, God worked. On his thinking. On his heart. On his perspective. On his dreams. On his faith.
And the result of his walking? Paul spells it out in Romans 4:
9 – For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
17 – Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did
18 – contrary to hope, in hope believed
19 – not being weak in faith
20 – He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God
21 – being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform
And God will walk with us the same way He walked with Abram.
Do you want to know who God is? Take a walk.
Are you holding onto a big dream? Take a walk.
Do you have a big decision to make? Take a walk.
Are you unsure of the right direction? Take a walk.
And as you walk, talk to God. Trust Him with your questions, your doubts, your fears, and your hesitations. And then allow God to talk to you, to comfort you, to guide you, to help you.
It starts with a step and turns into a lifetime of possibilities. So take a walk today.
Marie Fremin, 1/27-28/16