“Now the Lord said to Abram Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
Do you believe God has an incredible future for you? Do you have the faith to focus on your future when your situation does not match what you believe?
Abraham is one of the most fascinating characters in the Bible to whom God gave an extraordinary future promise. He took an ordinary man who had no hope of having children and made him a father of a nation of people.
God took the impossible things in Abraham’s life and worked through them to give him a future that would bless generations. Abram (his name before God changed it to Abraham) was 75 years old when God called him to depart from Haran on a promise. Abram was instructed to leave his family and everything he was accustomed to and go to a new land that God would lead him to.
The move he and his family were about to make required him to move in faith towards a greater future. He didn’t fully comprehend God’s directions. He didn’t know exactly where the location of the land God was leading him to establish the nation of people.
He didn’t know who or what was on the horizon. The only thing he knew was that God made him an incredible promise and he was going to take Him up on it. “So Abram, departed as the Lord had spoken to him” (Genesis 12:4).
Abraham’s faith for a brighter future fueled his vision. Without faith in this vision there would never have been a great nation. His vision would have died in Haran. He had to believe that a nation was coming from him even though he and his wife did not have any children. “But Sarai was barren, she had no child,” (Genesis 11:30).
Hear the sound of your vision
Abraham had to trust God that the promised child would come from Sarah even though she was well passed the birthing age. God changed her name to Sarah from Sarai to emphasize that she would be a mother of nations. So, Abraham decided to believe God and move towards his promised future to bless generations after him.
He believed not because he could see how things would turn out or that he could see the land with his physical eyes. He believed because the God of all creation made him a promise.
Open your ears, mind and heart to the sound of your vision. It may be a faint sound smothered by life’s circumstances, but it’s still playing. Your past mistakes may try to resurface to drown out your future progress, but the beat of your vision can still be heard in the background.
People will tell you what you can and what you cannot do, but you tell them you must follow the sound of your vision. You must activate your faith to believe the future God promised you will come to pass in spite of every negative situation happening around you.
Commit to your vision
Make a commitment today to see your promised future fulfilled. Even through the difficulty and hardships of life, you must see the greater possibilities that lie ahead. I believe once you place your future in God’s hand everything you need to live it out will eventually fall into place.
God promised to bless Abraham and make him great, but there was one condition, he had to obey His directions. This meant he had to leave his home, friends and family to travel to a new land that was only a promise. Abraham obeyed and walked away from everything he knew for a promise that he could not physically see with his eyes or grasp with his hands.
God may require you to leave possessions, positions, places and people of comfort and stretch your faith. Please do not let the comfort and security of your present position make you miss out on living your promised future.
It is time to see your future as God does. Do not look at your future through the lens of others or your own finite thinking because you will limit the power of God operating through your vision. Do not look at your future through the lens of your current situation or circumstances because they are only temporary.
You must look at your future through the lens of God’s Word. When you do, the impossible becomes possible. The unreachable becomes reachable. The conquered becomes the conqueror. When you see your future as God sees it and live your present as God desires you to live; watch what happens in your life.
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