Most of us struggle with the unknowns and the uncertainty of what’s ahead or knowing completely how everything will play out in our lives and these unknowns in our journey can stress us out and threaten to undermine our confidence or cause us to get stuck and fearful.
Abram (later to be renamed Abraham) in the bible faced many such unknowns when God told him to “Leave his people and his father’s household and go to the land God would show him. God said He would make him a great nation, bless him, and make his name great. “I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-7)
Abram left, as the Lord had told him, taking his nephew Lot, his wife Sarai, and all their accumulated possessions.
The fantastic thing about Abram is that until God spoke to him that day, he’d not known God at all; He had been a sun worshipper until God revealed himself. Yet as Abram responded to God, he suddenly went from not knowing God at all, to someone who boldly and confidently started following Him. He eventually became a prosperous nation and was incredibly blessed in the land God brought him to.
The account of Abraham is a story of great faith and trust and God hasn't changed. He still wants to make Himself known, bring revelation and understanding of who He is, what He has provided for us, and His plans for the future. Abraham had to leave behind comfortability, familiarity, and his past and step into unknown territory to take hold of the promises of God.
Likewise, we are asked to trust and follow God’s leading and directives even when we are unsure where we are going or what may happen – that’s what faith is and why Abraham is called the Father of Faith. Because faith trusts in God’s goodness, faithfulness, and hand to guide us even in the unknowns.
In the Bible, Paul prayed a prayer I often pray in that we would have the spirit of revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of God, the hope of our calling and that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17).
It’s worth waiting on and seeking God for this understanding because when we have this do have this knowledge, we can walk in confidence, and boldness, even when we face the” unknowns” in our life. Just as God spoke and revealed the path ahead for Abraham to walk in, He will always illuminate our hearts and minds on the way forward.
You may not know everything, but God will reveal to you enough for you to know the next step to take.
Whatever unknowns you may be facing right now, I encourage you to pause and consider what you know about God and His nature as a starting point for your faith and ability to make your next move.
Today as you face any unknowns in your life, I pray that you would be reminded of all that you know of God already. May He increasingly enlighten your heart and the eyes of your understanding as you step out in faith and follow after Him. (Ephesians 1:17-18)
Take time to seek Him, consider what He says in His Word, and know that whatever happens, God promises He will work all things together for your good. (Romans 8:38)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye
upon you”. (Psalm 32:8 NLT)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. ... “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.” (Matthew 7:2 NLT)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for always being with me. Please help me to trust in you when the way seems unknown and to remember that you will work all things together for my good and perfect that which concerns me. I trust you with all my life today. In Jesus name Amen