August 9

Hebrews 11:8-16

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.” vs. 8

For the early Christians it was obvious that the community of faith included more than just those who were acquainted with Jesus and his teachings. They were happy to embrace Abraham and Sarah and all those others who had gone before them in the ongoing journey of God’s people. Those early pioneers had been touched by the Spirit of God and they had responded in faith, even though they had no sense of where they were going. That’s how it continues to be in the Christ family…we’ve been called by God and we’ve responded, and we really don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Sometimes when we reach a resting place and look back it’s stunning to see the twists and turns of the road we’ve taken. Most of us have had no idea we’d end up where we are! There are even times when faith seems pointless…the immediate benefits aren’t always apparent…and sometimes life is a grind.  But still we hang on…after all we belong to a long line of faithers, and we’re on the way to our common inheritance. It really is an exciting journey and periodically there’ll be reassuring signs that we’re on the right path. Children are born, goodness is done, and joy abounds, just when we need it the most!

Thought for the Day: How do I know I’m on the right faith track?

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