Just Keep Walking

4 May

Who knows how different our lives could be if we would just stick to our guns and do the very things God had called us to do for his kingdom. Trust me– I know that sounds incredibly simple, when in reality it can be daunting task to say the least!

The Bible is filled with amazing stories of people who have done great things for the Lord. Think about heroes like Moses, Samuel, Nehemiah, David, Deborah, Isaiah, just to name a few. They each have their place in faith’s Hall of Fame. And what was the key to their success? It may be something as simple as this: They just kept walking. Even when they made huge mistakes. Even when they messed up royally.

For centuries the story of father Abraham has been preached in both Jewish synagogues and Christian churches around the globe. Millions have regarded Abraham as “the father of faith”, because he was willing to pack his bags, load up his wagon with everything he owned, and venture out to a place called Canaan — a place he had heard about in stories, but had never actually seen with his own eyes. Sounds like a gutsy guy to me.

Maybe the real miracle in Abraham’s story was convincing his wife Sarai ( later Sarah ) that this really was a God thing. A great adventure. Or the biggest blunder ever. Would they go from riches to rags? Would they even survive the trip?  Only God knew what was in store for this courageous couple.

I’m convinced most people have never delved into the heart of the story. If they had, they would know why Abraham was so willing to leave for Canaan in the first place. You see, long before Abraham packed his bags for the promised land, his father Terah had already purchased his ticket to Canaan. In fact, the Bible says in Genesis 11:31 ” He (Terah) was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there.”

So the question is why? Why did Terah take an early exit half way to Canaan and settle the family in Haran, when his original plan  was to go to Canaan? Could he have been called of the Lord too, like Abraham, but refused the voice of the Lord?

We may never know the full truth of the story, but here’s one thing we know for sure: Terah stopped walking. He literally went half way and parked. He threw in the proverbial towel. And who knows what would have happened if he had made it to the promised land? Maybe Terah would have ended up in faith’s Hall of Fame instead of Abraham? We may never find the answer until we get to heaven and interview both parties ourselves.

So, lets think about this for a moment: How many people could have been history makers if they hadn’t stopped short of the goal? Short of the promise? Taken the early exit? It’s hard to say and even harder to figure out.

Here’s one thing we can take from Abraham and Terah’s story: Don’t stop short of the goal. Don’t take the early exit. Finish the race. Don’t be Terah. Be Abraham. Just keep walking.

You may be facing personal issues that seem overwhelming. Maybe you’ve been through a  divorce, a moral failure, or a public humiliation. Maybe your business has hit the skids. Maybe you’ve lost a close friend through a misunderstanding. Maybe you’ve had a horrific year. Or maybe you’ve just lost your way on this rocky road called life.

Whatever circumstance you find yourself in — just keep walking. God is in the business of restoration, but he can’t order your steps if you’re not stepping anywhere!

Just keep walking. Fight the good fight of faith, like Abraham. The Bible says, “Abraham believed the Lord and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

What was it that made Abraham so great in the eyes of God? He just kept walking… and so should we.

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4 Responses to “Just Keep Walking”

  1. Laura Lindsey May 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Excellent reminder! Thanks once again for your encouragement!

  2. Kevin Grizzard May 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Great write Bro! Need more of it! You have the gift!

  3. Mike Salter May 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanx Jim! Good Stuff! “God can’t order your steps if you’re not stepping anywhere.” Awesome! I just bought a new pair of sneakers, too!

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Allan Hoffman May 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Amen! Awesome stuff just in the right timing Just what I needed to hear! Love you Pastor Jim

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