Faith: Obeying When I Don’t Understand

“The objective to living is to pass on a heritage of faith to those you love and to be with them in eternity.” Dr. James Dobson

As I noted last week, this quote by Dr. Dobson has been foundational for me as a father as well as a focus for my ministry. If the greatest thing that we can do is to leave a legacy of faith for the next generation, then we must know what faith is. Hebrews 11 provides us with an understanding of what faith is. Take time to read it.

Last week we learned that faith is believing when I don’t see it. This week we are going to look at the life of Abraham and see that faith is obeying even when I don’t understand. If we learn to do this, even when it seems to go against our natural tendency’s, then we will grow in faith and be blessed. If we don’t learn to obey when we don’t understand, we risk losing the many blessings that God has in store for us.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed (Hebrews 11:8). God said to Abraham, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1-2). Abraham was 75 years old. How many of you would be willing to be obedient to God’s call and leave everything you know at age 75? Age 50? Age 40? Age 30? Age 20? My guess is not many. But at age 75 Abraham obeyed God even when he didn’t understand. Abraham left his family and his own country without knowing where he was going. God didn’t give him any details. Yet, Abraham obeyed when he didn’t understand. That’s faith!

The result of Abraham’s obedience, even when he didn’t understand, is that he became the father of a great nation. So, what could you become the father or mother of if you obey without first understanding? As I type this question, I reminded of the steps that I have been taking in starting my own parent/family ministry. At times my mind has been full of fear and doubt, but then I think of the lives that can be impacted and the families that can be changed, by my obedience to God. But, obedience is hard because it always involves some kind of risk. However, if we don’t obey God then there is no guarantee. Most of us prefer a guarantee of success prior to obeying God, but that’s not faith. Faith is obeying when we don’t understand.

How is God asking you to obey him even when it may not make sense or you may not have all of your questions answered?

"You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head." Psalm 139:5

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