August 14

Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. Genesis 12:10

Abram received visitations and wonderful revelations from God at many points in his walk with God. But at the moments when he needed guidance, God was strangely silent. Our hearts yearn for guidance, and for understanding of each step we take. But God does not satisfy this thirst for signs and supernatural assurance that we are on the right track in all our decisions. This is because they do not actually help us in our spiritual growth. Abram did not need instruction in what decision to make – he needed to set aside his fears and trust God. We make mistakes when we are gripped with panic, but God’s response is not to tell us what to do, for that will not change us. God leaves us to consider the implications of past lessons. It is inconceivable that God will lead us halfway and then abandon us. As God has been with us in the past, He will be with us in the future. Panic blinds our hearts to God’s faithfulness and provision. Fear and worry re-interpret our circumstances, and nothing good will come until we lay our fears aside. A settled, trusting heart will walk in God’s will. Abram blundered down into Egypt, only to discover that God was still with him even when he got it wrong. God is with us for the long haul, not for the occasional need. He will prove Himself faithful when we get it wrong. The solution is to stop lusting for words and guidance. Those things don’t make us people of faith. Settled trust in God pleases Him, and will produce a child-like indifference to our ups and downs.