When Faith Calls Your Name …
If I was to ask most people in the Christian circles to mention one person of faith as exemplified in the bible, the first is sure to be Abraham, right! Well with a smile on my face, that is the first person that also comes to my mind and I decided to first put the spotlight on within the hall of faith. While he may not have been perfect, then again, who is? He demonstrated what it means to walk by faith despite circumstances or logic dictating otherwise.
The first example of his faith walk was when he gave up everything to explore a new land. “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1. In modern day, this would be akin to moving from one’s country or location to another, and trusting God.
I remember when I first moved to Canada; prior to applying for the residency visa, Canada to me was a spot on the map and I knew was next to the USA. It was not remotely part of any plan I ever considered for myself, I did not even know anybody living in Canada. But guess what, I applied despite not meeting all the stated requirements, and I was granted the permanent residency visa. That done, the next step was relocating there, remember not knowing anybody, or having a job, but God made a way in the wilderness where there seemed to be no way, before I knew it, I was getting all various introductions from my friends to their friends and cousins who lived in Canada. I remember a week or so to my final trip, someone asked if I had a job and usual stuff for when I got to Canada, and I said ‘no’. They said with a smirk ‘blind faith’, and I responded ‘yes’, because it was blind in the sense of me not knowing or seeing the future, but trusting the one in who’s hand my future is entrusted. And guess what, my faith saw me through.
Within a month, I got an apartment in a nice location without the landlady requesting the usual types of checks and references (I had none being new to Canada), she later said to me she did not know why she just went with her intuition to give me the place despite me being so confident and yet not meeting the requirement (I’m laughing as I remember the conversation), in addition, all my friends will attest to my landlady doing for me above and beyond what normal landlords would do. Also, within 3 months, I had four job offers, the first I turned downed because I felt the money was not as per expectation, and this was before even going on interviews for the other three offers I later got (you can read more about this here A bird in hand is worth two in the bush! Really?) Morale of my story, trust God to see you through and make a way whether in the midst of any wilderness.
Back to Abraham, his walk of faith is aptly summarised as follows …
“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. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country … 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore … 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Hebrews 11: 8-9, 11 – 12, 17-19