Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Abraham's Faith

"He [Abraham] went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 (NASB)

Oswald Chambers wrote this insightful description of faith…

“Faith never knows where it is being led,

but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.

It is a life of faith, not of intellect and reason,

but a life of knowing Who makes us ‘go.’”

Isn’t it beautiful?

I couldn’t help but smile as I reread it several times in my mind and even out loud. I determined quickly that in relation to Abraham it really fits quite perfectly. As that specific thought came to completion in my mind I felt God very clearly speak to my heart… “try it on my child, let’s see how Abraham’s faith fits on you.”

As I tried it on for size I felt the burning conviction well up in my heart and I confessed that “no” it doesn’t always fit quite the way it should.

Fear has us wanting to know where were headed and love of self has us going anywhere but to God for the assurance of our safety. In this world we live in we must be very cautious. It will boldly offer us just the quick assurance we “think” we need. Left to our flesh we would have no trouble taking that quick assurance and overlooking the fact that worldly assurance is always a risk, it’s never guaranteed.

However, faith in God is something we can count on. Hebrews 11: 1 says “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” As I reflected on His word I prayed “Lord I am sure that You are Who You say You are and I am certain that You will fulfill what You have promised, help me to know this truth all of the time so that my faith may increase.”

So, God will likely have to have this talk with me again, but for now in this moment I am going to wear Abraham’s faith and believe it for myself…

Heidi never knows where she is being led,

but she loves and knows the One Who is leading.

She lives a life of faith, not of intellect and reason,

but a life of knowing Who makes her “go.”

Go ahead try it on for yourself. Does it fit?


*Dusted off, revised and reposted from April 2009*


  1. Love it! O Chambers is one of my favorite authors; I have learned so much using his book My Utmost For His Highest. I also like how you personalized it...I'm going to do the same! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. That is so beautiful, thank you. Blessings ~

  3. Heidi this is a beautiful post. I think I need to memorize that quote. So, so true. Thank you for dusting it off and showing it to us again. Love it.

  4. Oh...I love that, putting my name in the sentence. It just reaffirms to me that I KNOW who leads me and that He'll take care of me! I just have to say YES

  5. I love this! I may not know where I am going, but I know the One who is leading. God was speaking to me about fear and faith this morning. We have nothing to fear because God is always in control of everything. Amen!

  6. Love this post! Faith is a journey :)

  7. Like Abraham, If God called me to leave everything without knowing where I was going, would I? Definately makes me think! Love it and love you!!

  8. What a wonderful quote and perspective... I love it! In the end, the only assurance we have is in His Loving Arms.

    Thank you for sharing this, and have a Blessed Day!

  9. I like how you personalized Oswalds's quote. Creative, and very effective. Good post. wb

  10. There's a beautiful message here, and I have to tell you that I read this exact devotional in My Utmost for His Highest yesterday. My family and I took the RV up the coast; had no clue where we were really going or where we'd end up (couldn't get my husband to land on a real "plan"). We stopped off in San Simeon to check out the seals and watch the waves crash to shore, but the wind and rain drew me back to the warm RV to make hot cocoa while my family braved the cold.
    I enjoyed a few stolen moments with my cocoa and this wonderful book - so glad you elaborated on it so well. Love this! God Bless you and your family, and I wish you many successes in 2011!

  11. Hi Kelli! Thanks so much for dropping by the "Cafe". I haven't been around my computer in a couple days (put the blog on auto-pilot(lol)), so it feels really good to be back in the saddle.
    I hope your 2011 has started out well. Thanks so much for your sweet comments and I wish you every success in the New Year.

  12. Oh my gosh! What an honor! I'd LOVE to, but I've never been asked to before and wouldn't know where to start. Hmmm....sounds like a job for....prayer!
    Thanks so much for the invite. You're so sweet :)

  13. Heidi,
    I sent you a couple of emails in response to the comments you left on Family Fountain. But, I had a lot of emails returned, so I'm wondering if you got them?