Faith to Stay and Faith to Go

One day Abram heard the voice of God.

It seems pretty matter of fact

“Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred . . . unto a land that I will show thee.” (Genesis 12:1)

Four verses later, Abram departed.

He did not know where he was going.

There was no Scripture (yet).

There was no map.

There was only God.

Every day, and every step, Abram needed God for direction.

Every day God directs.

Last week, God told my dear friend, “Get thee out of your country, and your kindred . . . unto a land I will show you.”

And I am so broken over it.

I am the kindred left behind.

I am watching my friend essentially pack her camels.

She is leaving so soon, practically four verses later.

She is going to a place God will show her.

And as sad as I am, I know God will lead her daily.

He has been leading her daily, for years.

God directs.

Even when He moves us around.

Even when we cry about it.

Even when we don’t know what the future holds.

Or when we will next meet.

And eyes water even as fingers type these words.

Faith.

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.  By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)

By faith, we obey.

By faith we leave, when we are called out.

By faith we receive our inheritance.

Without faith, we cannot please God.

By faith some go . . .

Right now, by faith I stay . . . where I am . . . for now.

But by faith I can still live as though I am in a foreign country.

By faith, I can still live and wait for another home.

Wait for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Whether we are asked to stay or go . . . faith . . .

Because each of us still needs to hear from God every day.

We all still need daily direction.

(and daily affection)

from God.

When Moses brought Israel out of their chains, into the wilderness

the hope of the promise land was a mirage to them.

They had no faith to conquer it, and died in their unbelief in the desert.

Refusing the voice of God, setting up camp in their fears.

The hope of a perfect promised earthly home, is sometimes just not enough.

And in these last days, the promise of this earthly land will elude us.

We need to set our eyes firmly on our future home in heaven, and hold on.

“But now they desired a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:16)

Our hope then, is not in where we go or where we stay.

Our hope has to be only in our Lord.

For in Him, we look to a place where we will all be together.

Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom

I wonder if the walls of Ravensbruck /Concentration Camp/ presented also, this same curious faith. Did two detained sisters wonder at their future? Will we stay here and endure till death? Or will we be called out?

Wondering this from their Hiding Place (in the Lord).

And the two detained sisters would lie together in a bed of lice, in a room of tears and agony, packed with skeletal women, skin and bones, in the deepest pit of hopelessness. With Hebrews 11 in their hearts and mouths. Wondering what the future holds.

God directs.

God told Betsy where Corrie would go. She saw it. She saw the very house, before she died. And Corrie was released to go.

God called to stay.

God called one to go.

Maybe four “verses” later, it would seem.

God directs.

They were separated then,

But now they are together.

So we mourn, and we miss.

But we have hope, in this.

God will direct His children.

The only real comfort is knowing you hear His voice, leading you.

The only thing that matters.

Leading you yesterday, Leading you today

Leading you tomorrow, Leading you into eternity.

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog; the reality of things at a distance – that the human eye cannot see.”
-Corrie ten Boom

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
-Hebrews 11:1

Lord, help me, like the author of Hebrews be able to say, “let us run with patience the race set before us. Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a).

There is actually an Author and Finisher of this kind of faith.

Thank you Lord Jesus.

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9 Responses to Faith to Stay and Faith to Go

  1. Mark Schultz says:

    Thank you Hiker. I appreciate the reminder of the lessons from the past and how we need them today. I had the heavenly pleasure of sharing a meal with Miss Ten Boom in the mid 70’s. She was a gracious and beautiful woman of God.

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you for this. And know that there are many more who have been touched by your words and have said “thank you” in their hearts. To God be the glory in all things!

  3. J Reese says:

    Really…your friend is leaving is does not have a “plan”? I have the same urgent “call” to follow by faith. It is awesome to know that in fact, yes..the Lord is calling (shouting) Come out from among them, and be separate), not in just a spiritual distinction, but a physical separation. Amazing! Amazing!

  4. J Reese says:

    that should read…”and does not have a plan”. Pardon

  5. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for sharing. A good reminder. Love the Ten Boom story.

  6. Mtn Girl says:

    Sorry you have to say good-bye to a dear friend!
    By faith….isn’t that the thread throughout the Bible? All the greats of faith believed against all odds. And Corrie Ten Boom; what a woman of faith…such an incredible testimony! I hold in my heart her words, “No pit is so deep that God is not deeper still.”

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