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Going not knowing. In a nutshell, that’s the life of faith. As followers of Jesus, we believe He leads us in a clear direction in pursuit of His certain purpose. His leading is not necessarily logical or explainable in the moment. But, out of sheer trust, we go. We pack our bags, pull up stakes, and we launch out, facing a future that is uncertain yet guided by a faithful leader.
September 2: Going Not Knowing
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 12:1-9
There he was, about 75 years old, loading up a camel caravan with his 65-year-old wife and aging father, bound for somewhere. Abraham was pulling up his lifelong roots from his hometown, Ur, and leaving for – let’s see, where was he going? Abraham didn’t know! He was going to the land that God would show him not to the land God had shown him. Abraham was going not knowing.
September 9: Trusting God for the Path and the Provision
New Testament Reading: Luke 9:1-6
There are two kinds of people in the world. Over-packers and under-packers. One says, “I will take more than I need just in case.” The other says, “As long as there’s a Walmart nearby, I’m good.” To both the over and under packer, God says, “Trust me for the path and the provision as I send you out going not knowing.”
September 16: Buy Low and Sell High
Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 32: 1-10; 16-17
Have you ever done something radical that seemed strange, even downright dumb to everyone else? During our journey of faith with Jesus, there are those times when God calls us to leave the sure thing and walk away from everything familiar. Buy low and sell high. This is the basic principle of investing. Too often, though, we buy high (when everything seems right) and sell low (panic when things go wrong). When everything seemed lost, Jeremiah knew it was time to buy. His decision seemed strange even downright dumb. Though the future was uncertain, Jeremiah trusted in the certain future promised by God.
September 23: Fear or Faith?
Old Testament Reading: Numbers 13: 1-3; 25-31; 14:1-4
Every journey has an element of risk. Getting in the car and driving to the grocery store involves risk. On the journey of going not knowing, the risk often looks too great and even impossible. However, our loving leader, like a loving father says, “Jump, I will catch you.” Guided safely into the arms of the Savior we realize that the risk was not in going but in not jumping.
September 30: The Only Answer You Need
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Along our journey of going not knowing, we often wonder why the path included adversity. God, why didn’t you guide me away from suffering? Why didn’t you prevent this or that from happening? Remember, God does not lead us around the valley of the shadow of death, He leads us through it. Along the journey of going not knowing, God assures us of the only answer we need – “My grace is sufficient for you.”