Abram is said to have had faith in God – for Abram went to an unknown final destination in faith, not knowing where he was going, when it would all settle down, or how everything would pan out – but he knew with WHOM he was traveling.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
How about you and me?
If you’re like me, I like details. I want to know the plan of action and that we’re making progress in our plan of action. I don’t like the unknown. You probably don’t either.
We’ll see in the coming years more and more times when Abba, our dear heavenly Father, will ask us to step out in faith. Times when we won’t have details – just a statement of what He wants us to do. Father wants us trusting him implicitly – so He will give us opportunities to show Him we trust Him, implicitly.
We like to know HOW something will come about. We like to know WHEN and what and where but really all we really need to know is WHO. With whom are we walking? To whom are we listening? ON whom are we focused?
It doesn’t matter that we don’t know all the details of what, when, where, why and how. It only matters that we know WHO our life is. Colossians 3:3 says Christ is our life now. HE is in charge. HE is navigating this ship, your life.
Once we get that firmly in mind, nothing else should matter as much.
Easier said than done. Granted. But if we’re truly in him, if we’re truly focused on him, we’ll learn this more deeply with each passing day.
We believers will need to be reminding each other of this. When we’re told we have growths on our liver – the only detail we need is WHO our healer is. When we’re told we’re losing our job, all we need to focus on is who our Provider is. Who multiplied loaves and fish? Who provided manna in a wilderness? Who is the ALMIGHTY? Who has all the answers? Who has all the power? Who has perfect love for you? Who opens doors miraculously when we’re in various kinds of prisons – physical or emotional or otherwise?
When you find yourself fretting (yes, I still sometimes fret too), stop and just say: “I don’t need to know what, when, where, why and how. I just need to know WHO. And I know Him and love him and HE loves and cares for me more than I can even imagine. In him I have peace.”
When the boat the 12 disciples were in was apparently in danger of being swamped by a Sea of Galilee storm, our Savior was sound asleep. Instead of looking at the storm, they should have looked at HIM and relaxed. OK, it’s easy to say that, but we would have done no better. But the stories are there so we read them and learn from them.
Do I practice this all the time? No. That’s why I have this website. It’s a way for me to share with you the meditations of my heart as I struggle to put off the “old man” and put on the new man in Christ. I’m learning these very things I’m being led to share with you. Together we can remind each other to not look to the worrisome things around us, but to Him who is unseen but who is absolutely there.
Also, as we come to Passover especially, we’re reminded once more to focus on WHO. For example, we focus on Him who knew no sin, but became sin for us so that we who knew no true righteousness could receive HIS righteousness by faith (Philippians 3:9-11; Romans 5:17-19; 2 Cor. 5:21)
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
As we come to Passover, don’t focus on your sins – for if you’ve given them to Christ, they’re gone. You’re washed in the blood of the Lamb. Don’t focus on your imperfections - - but focus on Him who did no sin and is offering you HIS righteous, perfect life. Don’t focus on yourself or any other human for that matter. Focus on your Savior. Look to HIM. When you focus on yourself you will end up depressed and anxious. That’s what Satan wants you to do. Don’t give him even an inch.
Focus on the work of our Savior. He’s giving you HIS goodness. HE promises that His wife will be presented without any blemish - - without spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27). HE promises the saints will be presented “faultless” (Jude 24). How? By your perfection? Absolutely not. There’s only one way: by HIS life, HIS perfection, HIS holiness gifted to us by faith. We are perfect only in Christ (Colossians 1:28, 10-14; Hebrews 10:14). I don’t want the best that I can do. I fall way short. I want the best Yeshua already did and is gifting it to you and me, if we would only believe and receive. (Be watching for a blog or sermon on “how well do you receive?”)
So that’s today’s blog: we don’t need to know all the details. We just need to know with whom we walk. And the One with whom we walk is such a wonderful, wonderful Being with all power, all love and all know-how. In HIS arms we can rest and have peace. In Him, we must give up our worries and fretting and concern – even as He will test us and sometimes seem to be “taking His time” to come to our aid. Still – we must not fret or worry. When we worry, we’re telling God we don’t have confidence in what He’s doing or His ability to take care of us.
We believers don’t need to know what, when, where, why or how when it comes to the issues of our lives. We just need to know WHO.
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