Like Abraham, when we got saved, we were called to take a faith walk. God told Abraham to leave Ur.
“So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South. (Genesis 12:4-9)
God won’t show you the third step until you take the first step. We want God to show us everything. But God doesn’t work that way. He says do what I told you to do now, then the next one will be made known. Many of us don’t get anywhere because we don’t ever take the first step. We want to know the end from the beginning. But that’s not how it works. We are on a faith walk. We have to step out.
Your faith initiates the outcome. Abraham left his comfort zone and stepped into the faith zone. And then he became the father of us all. Our faith will require us to sometimes step out of the boat into the realm of uncertainty and trust God with the rest. And God will write in the details.
The eternal battle is this: can we trust the Promiser with the promise he has given us. The reason why he is loving you is to love the fear and doubt out of you. His promises are sure because his nature is sure and true.
The reason why Abraham was confident enough to plunge his knife into his son—an angel stopped him beforehand, though—was because he knew that God wasn’t done with that boy. God was going to raise him from the dead. Don’t miss the point: God never needed Abraham’s son. But the moment Abraham was willing to obey and give up his son, God, by covenantal right, was responsible to give us his son.