Advent: December 4th – Ready to Go

By: Pastor Brent Roll

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

We really like to be prepared.

Have you ever gone to Walmart the night before the weatherman predicts a big snow storm and tried to find bread, milk, or other necessities? It’s really hard! Everyone is buying everything so they can be prepared in case they’re snowed in for the next few days! It’s crazy!

We really like to be prepared. But what if I told you to take your family and go. I wouldn’t tell you where or why? You just had to go.

Sometimes the call of God doesn’t allow time for preparation. That is the exact situation that Abraham was faced with. Now we all know Abraham, right?

“Father Abraham, had many sons, many sons, had Father Abraham…”

In Genesis, God tells Abraham that he will be the Father of a Great Nation and He calls Abraham to GO! He didn’t allow Abraham to stay where he was and grow comfortable! The crazy thing is when God called Abraham to pack up and go, Abraham went!

He kept his faith in God and trusted, that no matter what, God would be there! Abraham went without even knowing his destination.

In Hebrews, Abraham is praised for his faith and willingness to go!

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:8-10).

Abraham had the faith to go without time to prepare. Do we have enough faith in God to trust Him without all the details?

The season of Advent is all about waiting. The Jews were waiting for the Messiah to come and today, young and old eagerly await His coming again.

Let me encourage you to keep the faith and trust God even when waiting! God knows us better than anyone and He has a plan for our lives. trust Him, keep the faith, and be ready to go!

Parents: Go with your child to a room in your home where you can shut off the lights and it will be completely dark. Then challenge them to walk through the room. Afterward, ask them if it would be easier if the light had been on. Remind them that God is our light. We need to keep our faith in Him and he will guide us.

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