Don’t Fear The Unknown
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 ESV)
In every personality profile and assessment that I have done, one of the things that always seems to come up is that I tend to be risk-averse. I’m more traditional than I am conventional. I’m much more predictable than I am spontaneous. I would prefer to take something that already exists and try to make it more effective or efficient, rather than starting over and doing something new. I prefer what is already known, what is comfortable, the things that are tried and tested.
While I don’t think any of these things are wrong necessarily, I have come to realize (and sometimes accept) that there are times when God calls me to a much different path. He will call me to step out of what is comfortable. He will tell me to go to a place where I would not normally go. To do something that that I would not normally do. He will ask me to get out of the boat and walk on water toward Him.
I remember very early on in my early twenties when I was wrestling with my “call” to ministry. I had a sense that God wanted me to step out and trust Him with what lay ahead.
But I was afraid. I didn’t know what lay ahead. I had no idea where the path would lead me. It felt risky. It made me uncomfortable. I was afraid of the unknown.
Right around that time, a friend of mine shared a verse with me that he had read that morning in his time with God. It was the call of Abraham:
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 ESV)
This was a moment of clarity for me. Abraham chose to trust God when he was told to go. Abraham believed God and acted on that belief through obedience, by stepping out and going. Where was he going? He had no idea! But he knew that God had told him to go and so he trusted Him.
I read that same verse this morning, almost twenty years since that season in my life. Most days I still feel like I am following Jesus but still not knowing where I am going. Yet the call to faith still remains. I don’t need to fear the unknown. I don’t need to have all the steps laid out before me. I don’t need to stress over all the things outside of my control.
Instead I simply need to obey God in what He calls me to do. I need to trust Him, knowing that He is always with me, that I can rest in His sovereignty, His goodness, and His love for me.
The challenge now is actually doing that…