January 27, 2015
"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee." Genesis 12:1
I am always amazed at how God told Abram to leave his home and his land and go to a place he tells him to go. Genesis 12:4 states, So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him... He did not question God, He went.
What an incredible amount of faith and trust it must have taken him to be obedient to God without question. I wonder if he had any doubts. I wonder if he thought about staying in his familiar surroundings in order to remain comfortable. And I wonder if he believed that God would bless him whether he stayed or went. None of these thoughts really matter, because Abram went.
When Marcus and I were living in LA, God told Marcus to "Go home," in November 2010. He believed that God might have meant that it was time for him to leave his current job and start working from home through our home based business. When we received our first royalty check from our home business, we felt certain that was God's way of giving us confirmation that He wanted Marcus to quit his day job and come work from home.
A few months later, we hadn't seen another royalty check but this time in prayer, I was the one who heard, "It's time to go home." At this point, it was pretty clear what God meant. We were to leave LA and return home to Austin. I'd like to say that much like Abram, we went without doubts or questions. We did not. It took a bit more nudging on God's part to move us. You see, we believed that God would bless us either way. If we were obedient and moved back to Austin, God would bless us. We also believed that if we stayed in LA, He would eventually bless us in LA.
I am sure that had we done things our own way, and stayed in LA, eventually we would have had a raining down of worldly success and blessings. But we would have done so operating entirely outside of God's will. His desire, His will, was for us to return back to Austin. Upon doing so, He would bless us as He'd blessed Abram.
For me, it was giving up my dream and returning to the unknown that bothered me, and made me attempt to rationalize God's call. Sure, I knew Austin, but what were God's plans for us there? And how on earth would His blessing in Austin compare to what blessings LA had for us? The thing is, they would not compare. The blessing that God had for us would far outweigh what blessings we'd receive from LA. Proverbs 10:22 says that God's blessing makes us rich and there's no sorrow that comes with His blessings. Maybe not rich as the world views, but eternally rich from treasures that cannot be destroyed or stolen (Matthew 6:20).
See sometimes God calls us to do something. We may not receive the why, how or where. He may only give us the what. What we can know and find rest in is that God is sovereign. That means He is in control. He knows exactly what He is doing and why, even when we don't have a clue. We can trust Him in His guidance knowing that whatever or wherever He may call us to, we will be richly blessed by Him.