Trusting God with What is Next
In Hebrews 11:8-10 we read, “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. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
In life we rarely have all the answers to all the questions that can arise. We do our best to plan and strategize, but in the end there are circumstances and moments of choosing that require us to feel our way through. We call this living by faith. However, make no mistake, living by faith does not mean we throw our brains away. Biblical faith always has an object, and the only proper object is God. And, we know many facts and truths about God that give us every reason to believe that He will lead us well.
In churches this true also. Elders and Deacons do not always have all the answers. We make our plans and we lay out our strategies. We pray for wisdom in coming up with plans, and we pray for success in working out our plans. But the fact is, our plans do not often work out exactly as we lay them out initially. Navigating big decisions requires the flexibility of trusting that God knows what His people need.
When we began talking about Project Hope in God, the plan was to trust God with the effort of reaching out to the community with the message of Hope in Christ. Built on Psalm 78 we are taking seriously the call to tell the next generation the deeds of our great God. Reaching out to the community always requires faith in God for what will happen next.
Please be praying that God will bless our efforts by establishing new relationships with families in our city and our county. We want unbelievers to hear the gospel, and we want believers who are not in church to find a church where they can live out the gospel in fellowship with other believers. When God grants growth, we need to be prepared to be a spiritual group of people that remain focused on following God where he leads.
I am looking forward to June 2 and our outreach at Fridays at the Crossroads, because I am looking forward to trusting God with what is next – just like Abraham when he set out to follow God’s call.