“After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child.” Acts 7:4b-5
God makes and keeps “Over-the-Horizon-Promises”. Our response is to live by “Over-the-Horizon- Faith”. Abraham went where God called him to go, though God showed him step-by-step, day-by-day where he was going. Abraham’s father had stopped short, Abraham continued the journey. I can appreciate what Abraham went through; having gone home many times during a 28-year Army career to tell Cindy we were moving – again. Yet we often had a choice and sometime to prepare. As a United Methodist pastor I’ve received that call that informs me that there is a new place to go. Will we go where God sends us, in faith even when the future isn’t fully defined? Do we believe in God’s promises of eternal life, salvation through faith and life full of grace? Or are we angry because things aren’t the way “I” declare they should be? “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do.” Acts 7:51 Abraham’s earthly father may have died, but his heavenly father continued to lead – praise God Abraham followed, he didn’t give up, he provided us a great example.