“By faith Abraham…obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)
That is the essence of faith—to follow God even when you have no idea where He’s leading you! Faith is a step by step, daily dependence upon God. This means that faith doesn’t begin until you come to the end of your map. We want to see the map before we go anywhere. We want to know exactly where we’re going, what to expect, and when we’re going to get there. But as long as you have a map, you don’t need to follow God. As long as you stay in a safe and secure comfort zone, you don’t need faith.
We want a 500-watt halogen lamp that will illumine the next five miles of the journey, but God only gives us a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” In other words, only enough light for the next step! Until you take a step, you don’t get light for the next step. Abraham discovered that following God was a step by step daily dependence on God. By faith, Abraham obeyed and went, even though he had no idea where he was going.
Hebrews 11 is the airbrushed version of Abraham’s life. When we read the story of Abraham in Genesis, we see all the flaws, blemishes, and warts. We will see that Abraham did not follow God perfectly. His spiritual journey was a series of fits and starts, detours and roadblocks. Abraham’s response was a mixture of obedience and disobedience, faith and unbelief. In other words, he was just like us!
But, in the end, Abraham was called the “friend of God.” Not because he was perfect, holy and righteous, but he was willing to be led by God. He was willing to follow God on a journey of faith. After all, friends are simply two people who are on a journey together.
God invites YOU to be his friend. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be willing to go on a journey with Him—a journey of faith.