Abraham, the father of our faith, obeyed God, which took him out of his place of comfort and the place called home. Literally…
“He went out, not knowing where he was going.” -Hebrews 11:8
Walking consistently under God’s clear but not-so-exciting marching orders is the hardest part of faith for me. I have a lot of the Word of God under my belt, soaking it in over a period of 33 years. It makes me feel that my faith is utterly unshakable.
But the testing ground is in the mundane task of doing not what I find comfortable or what I want to do but what I know Jesus has called me to do every day.
Yes, for me, that is the simple matter of adding physical disciplines to my spiritual disciplines. God is supposed to be my Lord. My stupid flesh is not supposed to reign supreme. I actually feel better in my body and more alert in my brain by obeying God’s admonitions. Fortunately, once the flesh has been consistently trained in a healthy life habit, there is tremendous cooperation — unlike the kind of struggle I’m currently experiencing.
I’ve been going my own way of comfort and ease for too long. My daily pep talk to myself today is this scripture:
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 3:14
God has a plan and obedience is the way to walk on the path to fulfilling that plan.