An Oklahoma City pastor, Susan Southall, says that we Christians sometimes have trouble walking by faith. We live in a world that wants to analyze and plan out everything instead of living in the midst of the experience. This makes it hard for us to live a life of faith because true faith is about living in patient expectation of what God will do in our lives. Often we want to be in control and help God along when it seems that things are not happening!
She suggests Abraham as the model of a person who walked by faith. Abraham set out on his journey without knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). He trusted God to lead him day by day, step by step.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Perhaps Rev. Southall has a point we should consider. Remember the old joke about the man who made extensive plans regarding every detail of his life? God asked him what he was doing. The man told God of his detailed plans, and you know what happened? God laughed.
That is suppose to be funny, but it makes the point that we really have only one real and ultimate plan to follow— God’s plan. It’s the plan that will be revealed to us as we walk by faith day by day through life.