By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8, ESV)
Hebrews chapter 11 has been a blessing and general kick in the pants so many of us who want to trust in ourselves, our plans or our own wisdom or who otherwise simply struggle to hold on to God’s promises. Perhaps sometime we’ll use this devotional to discuss each of the names mentioned in this chapter.
However, today I only want to mention one: Abraham. And really I only want to mention one aspect of his life, which was loaded with faith-driven exploits. God asked Abraham to leave his home country of Ur — everything that was familiar to him — and simply go. Where? God didn’t tell him. No information whatsoever. Just: leave. The amazing thing is that Abraham went (Gen. 12:1-4). We have no record that Abraham’s family worshipped the one true God, in fact they were likely idol-worshippers. Yet when God came to him, he obeyed without question.
What step of faith is God asking you to take today? What “Ur” do you need to leave behind? What do you need to trust God for this very moment? If there’s anything that Hebrews 11 teaches us, it is that we have an always-faithful God who can be relied upon for anything any time. God will honor your step of faith, but you must be willing to take it.