When God challenges your faith, you are left with two simple choices; either you rise to the occasion, or you shrink into dismal failure from fear. Throughout history, as God has constantly challenged His people to put their complete and total trust in Him, we read in scripture sometimes they did and sometimes they failed. It’s our trust which overcomes all obstacles - including fear. Yesterday a group of us went to see the movie “His Only Son” which was the story of Abraham, with a timeline focus from the covenant promise God made with him until God challenged his faith by telling him to kill his only son and offer him as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Throughout the movie there were multiple times when the faith (and trust) of Abraham was challenged and each time, he demonstrated an unyielding faith in God despite all. As I sat and listened, in one scene he said a phrase which resonated with me in a powerful way. After telling Sarah that he and Isaac were to go to Mt. Moriah (a three-day journey by foot), she began telling him how dangerous the journey would be. His response was, “God will guide us.” The moment he said that it stirred something inside of me.
Recently, the congregation set for itself a challenge to execute 100 bible studies by the end of 2023. If you think about it long enough, it does sound rather daunting; but to that I answer, “Our God will guide us.” Abraham didn’t ask God to guide his footsteps where Abraham wanted to go, he asked God to guide his footsteps as he followed where God wanted him to go. That is the same for us. I am convinced, within the great commission of Matthew 28 is the promise of God to guide all who put their trust in him to carry out this command. Actually, in all we do, our God guides us. Since 100 bible studies is no great challenge for God, neither should it be for us. We need to learn to meet each faith challenge with the simple powerful words of Abraham “our God guides us.” As we do this, the kingdom of God will grow, and this city will be converted by the power of God.