By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-11 (NAB)
The voice of God reverberated in the chaos and light as a principle was created. "Let there be light!" and there was Light. The voice of God is muted in today's complex world which deliberately tries to put God in Mute or in Pause mode. We have our own agenda, our own priorities which have already been pencilled in our calendar, or in our autopilotted so-called life. Or perhaps the voice of God is automatically filtered or the channel of reception rejects it altogether. Yet the still small voice persists. Even when God seems to be screaming in our ears, sometimes he cannot be heard because the heart is tight shut, and not a divine whisper can enter. So God steps back, but every now and then, the hardened heart softens and the faint voice slips through and touches us, and somehow we know that it is his voice, and that it cannot be ignored especially when we have been faced with some critical moments that amplify his voice: a severy difficulty, an unexpected death in the family, an onset of a sickness, a creeping darkness. And we may start to listen. Or not. Or we may hear it and reject it altogether because it is telling us to do something difficult, that takes us out of our comfort zone, that takes us to an unknown destination. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. (Heb 11:8). We can only respond to the voice of God by faith. There is always the element of darkness but there is the greater element of the Great Someone holding your hand in the darkness to lead you into the light. In a sense, with faith we let God do the job. We stop struggling with our doubts and fears and uncertainties and leaving everything to God. God leads; we follow. Frederick Brotherton Meyer says in The Secret of Guidance: "Put your will on the side of Christ—not a passing wish, but the whole desire and choice of your being. Be willing to believe; or be willing to be made willing to believe."
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
- From the Prayer of St Francis
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