When I get to Heaven, I want to meet Abraham, the common patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I want to ask him:
“You encountered a god whom you had never heard of, whom you did not know. He came to you and said ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you’. (Genesis 12:1)
What persuaded you to obey and go, to follow the God-who-was-a-stranger-to-him, especially when He didn’t even tell you where you were going and what He wanted you do once you got there?”
I am blown away by Abraham’s example. He is the exemplar for all of us to live a life of faith when God asks us to obey and go, even though we don’t know where we’re going. (Hebrews 11:8)
The faith journey ought not to be as scary or intimidating for us as it was for Abraham because God has been making Himself known for thousands of years since. You don’t even have to have read the Bible to know something about God, because “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1) Just look around you, and look up, and you’ll see Him everywhere.
Yet, faith is not for the faint of heart. There will always be storms. But Jesus promised that
“everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Let us build our houses on the rock! The rains may come down, the streams may rise, and the winds may blow and beat against our houses of faith, but they will not fall.
My house of faith has taken a real beating from the hurricanes of life, but it has never fallen. My LORD promised and He always, always delivers on His Promises.