by confident faith

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The Judean desert, March 2015.

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in a tent. Abraham did this because he was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” Portions of Hebrews 11 NLT

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We are living in the land of in between. We can all acknowledge that a shift has happened and our old normal has ended. We are now in the middle of the beginning of a new normal. This looks different for all of us and God is surely producing something in our in between, all in unique ways. I can’t begin to try to understand what “land in between” you’re walking through but I know that whether it’s a job transition, a new home, a new relationship, loss of a loved one…God is producing something in you. You’re being refined by the fire of this “land in between.”

This “land in between” has been a journey. As the water level of my life goes down, I start to hit some rocks that I couldn’t see below the surface before. I start asking a lot of “what if” questions and those questions send me into a panic. “What if I lose everything? What if I can’t renew a visa? What if I don’t see my family and friends for months, years, etc.?” I’m sure you’ve had a lot of “what if” questions too. I know for me, it can get exhausting! How can I live a life laid out for Christ saying I trust Him in everything AND continue to fall into immense fear at the “what if” questions? And the reality is… I can’t lean fully on Jesus while fully (or even partially!) trusting in myself. As @ruthchousimons stated the other day, “We cannot simultaneously lay it all down and hold it all together.”

This got me thinking… can you imagine if Abraham would have not followed God, left home, and instead chose to ask “what if”? By faith, Abraham obeyed God, trusted Him, all the while having no idea what the outcome would be. Of course, He knew what God had promised Him but there were a lot of unknowns on the journey. Where would he go? When would he get there? When would God fulfill His promise? He didn’t know! BUT Abraham did this because he was trusting, living, acting in faith confidently knowing that God was faithful to His promises and His character.

God is faithful. He is to be trusted. So whether you’ve got a million “what if” questions or you find it quite simple to be walking in confident faith in this “land between” season, know that God is who He says He is and we can go in faith trusting Him.

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