Moving Into the Unknown

on Sunday 11, July 2010

Why did God frequently tell his people to move on or leave what was familiar for the unknown?  He said to Abraham, “Get out of your country, and leave your father’s house.”  We know that Jacob had to leave home to go and work for Laban, and then there came a time when he had to leave Laban and return home.  Of course, the nation of Israel left Egypt and journeyed for 40 years, making and breaking camp dozens of times.  They had to be constantly ready to follow the cloud whenever it moved.

As Christians, we like our comfort zones.  We want to keep our relationship with God familiar, settled and predictable.  And yet it was during the uncomfortable times of transition that these men of faith had powerful life changing encounters with God.  The early Christians knew what it meant to embrace the unknown.  “Go to Jerusalem,” Jesus said, “and wait for the full power of the Holy Spirit to come upon you.”

I believe that in these days, God is encouraging us to release the familiar – to embrace the unknown and unpredictable moving of the Holy Spirit. We must cast off the limitations of our expectations and prepare our hearts for a ‘new thing.’

Tear down the walls see the world
Is there something we have missed?
Turn from ourselves, look beyond
There is so much more than this.