“… And he went out.”

19th January, 2014 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

This pasrt wek I rediscovered a friend. No, it wasn’t a forgotten high friend that I haven’t talked to in years.  No, it wasn’t a church friend whose children grew up alongside mine who no longer goes to my church. This forgotten friend is a book given to me by first college roommate — a book titled My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

So, I decided to read this book as part of my devotions. In a short narrative for each day of the year, this elegant and insightful author provides a rich daily gem of Biblical truth and makes a simple Bible verse come alive with new meaning. Let me give you an example: January 2nd — “You do not know what you are going to do; the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.”

In this daily reading, the verse he wrote about was this:  ” (Abraham) went out, not knowing whiter he went.”  Abraham left everything that he knew to go on a lifetime journey into the unknown with a God he just met.  That took a lot of faith!  The Bible doesn’t say what Abraham said to this command. All we know is that God told him to leave his home and go somewhere else.  This kind of “going out” takes a strong faith that says, “I don’t know what’s happening. I just know that God knows what happening, and that’s good enough for me.

Chambers expresses the thought that every day is a “going out.”  You’ll wake up this morning and not know what the day will bring. Of course, you may be an organized, planning kind of person who schedules each day, but you really don’t know how the day will unfold  and how your best thought out plan gets sidetracked from hour to hour. Living each day as a believer is a daily  “going out” since we don’t know nor can we control what will transpire during the day.

Is there a new opportunity that dangles right in front of you, but your fears prevent from grabbing hold of this and seeing the mysterious adventure being offered to you. Chamber also says, “God does not tellyou what He’s going to do. He reveals to you Who He is.

I’m considering signing up for something that I’ve never done. Can I do it? I think so. Will God help me?  Certainly, if this new “going out” experience is from God, I have no doubt that God will go with me. With the Lord there is always a new “going out” held out in front of us. It’s something we’ve never done before. It’s something that seems scary as we commit ourselves to the new path. But, it’s also something that increases our faith, strenghens up our trust in God, and builds our confidence in who God is.

Every day is a “going out,” but every now and then there is a bigger “going out”, and it’s not something we want to miss doing, because walking out in faith like Abraham did will draw us closer to God. What’s your “going out” that the Lord wants you to embrace and do for His glory.

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