“The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you,”Genesis 12:1
In November 2020, I had the opportunity to visit friends in San Francisco. Although chilly on most days, the view of the sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge was breathtaking, the alley of murals down Balmy Street were a masterpiece, but the San Bruno mountains were humbling.
My best friend thought it would be a great idea to go hiking during my visit. Not one to back down from a challenge, I confidently agreed to go especially since I was on my weight loss health kick. Upon arriving at the site, my once overly excited demeanor quickly faded. I internally began to question what I had gotten myself into only because I looked up and saw a long road ahead. The hike started out pretty smooth, but after the first mile, the climb started getting steeper, rocks made the path difficult and the winds made my vision blurry.
The “walk of life” is like climbing a mountain. You can start out with excitement, but then obstacles get in the way, your stamina gets tested, you experience feelings of doubt and may even have to take a break, but if there is one thing we can learn from Abraham in the book of Genesis, it is that FAITH is the key to making it to the mountain top.
“So Abraham left, as the Lord had told him…” Genesis 12:4
Have you ever wanted to start a business and just didn’t know how to get started? Or, have you ever wanted to go hiking and just didn’t believe you could make it? Well Abraham, the SME (subject matter expert) of the “faith walk” gives us the blueprint. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abraham BELIEVED the Lord, and he credited to him as righteousness.
- Abraham was called to go and see and so are we
- He had no idea where and neither do we
- He was enormously blessed and so are we (look and you surviving during a pandemic)
- He thought God was taking too long and so have we
- He tried to fulfill a miraculous plan with natural means and so have we
- He took matters into his own hand with consequential heartache and so have we
So what’s the lesson?
I was prepared for my hike. I had water for hydration, shoes built for endurance, cute athletic wear for comfort and all the pictures that would make it to the internet and a fully charged phone with a motivational playlist. However, it was my prayer for guidance and FAITH that the lord was going to be with me, protect and cover me that enabled me to reach the mountaintop.
That mountain taught me that faith is based on our relationship with God, not our performance for God. Your mountain may look different than mine. It may be an addiction, depression, failed relationship or lack of confidence, but it’s the application of Faith that will give you the same result, a breathtaking view of the mountaintop!’
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you’; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse, and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3
Abraham’s life was marked by mistakes, sins and failures as well as wisdom and goodness, but he consistently trusted God. His faith was strengthened by the obstacles he faced and his life was an example of faith in action. If he had looked only at his resources for subduing Canaan and founding a nation, he would have given up in despair. But Abraham looked to God, obeyed him and waited for God to fulfill his word.
As you look up to your mountain, remember FAITH is the key to reaching the mountain top!
*Dedicated to My Heart , may the faith of Abraham and the peace of God guide your footsteps in all your endeavors.