May 14 – Trip to the Holy Land – Beersheba

DAY 2 – BEERSHEBA

Theme: Trust & Obey

Read Hebrews 11:8-19

The Tel of Beersheba is located just a few kilometers east of the modern city Beersheba and provides a final stop before heading south into the Negev Desert.   It’s impossible to visit this tel without discussing Abraham, the great patriarch and “friend of God.”  Even though he lived more than 4,000 years ago, the lessons of his life are just as relevant as if he lived today.

If you’re like me, you live by the motto, “Plan your work and work your plan.”  I have a “To Do” list every day that I use to accomplish projects and remind me of appointments.  In fact, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m able to eliminate items from that list.  I doubt Abraham had much of a “To Do” list – except one thing:  Obey God.

More than 4,000 years ago, the Lord told him, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1 NLT). Imagine what it was like for Abraham to tell his mom and dad he was leaving his homeland, had no idea where he was going, and wanted them to go along?? Can you hear that conversation? “Where are you going??” “I don’t know.” “Where will you live?” “I don’t know.” “Where will you work?“ “I don’t know.” “Why are you leaving?“ “God said to go.”  “But who is God?”

Scripture says, “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 NLT). The result of Abraham’s faith was obedience to God’s direction – even though he had no idea where God was leading him.

When I was a boy, we used to sing: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” That really is the prescription for the kind of life God wants for every one of us. We trust God – then do what He says.

The Jews often repeat a phrase that gives us additional insight: “Do and listen.” In other words, do what God says, then figure out why He said it. That’s what Abraham did.  And that’s a great prescription for life.

Prayer of reflection:   Thank you, God, that you have a plan for my life.  Help me to trust you and obey your direction – even when I don’t have all the details.

Bob Fetterhoff

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