Faith Goes Not Knowing
- Date: August 28, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
We like to have some kind of control. Don't you like to have some kind of knowledge, "What am I going into?" That's the one thing about faith. Faith will never reveal to you, up front, the journey. You just step out of the boat. You just go, not knowing. We see it throughout the Scriptures in many of these great men. And many of us have experienced it. How many of you have done that and then there's the anxiousness, but there's also the awareness of His presence. There's the anxiousness of the unknown; it's scary. You don't know if you're going to survive or not. But then there's the awareness of His presence like at other times you've never been aware of it. And that awareness of His presence is dominant. It causes us to obey. We can call it another word, it's the grace of God. It's almost like, in the natural, an adrenalin rush. You know when you get in danger in the natural or there's a competition that you're involved in and that surge of adrenalin? That's why some people are adrenalin junkies. You know these people that are jumping off of cliffs and climbing cliffs freehanded. Those people are nuts! You think, "What in the world would cause them to do that?" They're addicted to this adrenalin rush. How about if we get addicted to the presence of God? How about if we get addicted to that presence and become bold witnesses? How about if we get addicted to that presence and can't wait to go out and lay hands on people! In the streets, on the job, and see God answer prayer. See Jesus confirm the Word with signs following, addicted to the presence of God! Moses was addicted to the presence of God. He talked to God face-to-face. He saw His glory and when God said, "I'll give you all of My blessings; I just won't go with you." He said, "If Your presence doesn't go, I'm not going."
How many of us, do you think, would sell out that presence, the rush of that presence for prosperity, for health, for assurance that our children would be safe? How many of us, having been called, would obey and go? You would pack your kids up and go knowing that the majority of them would die within six months on the mission field. You almost have a guarantee that your wife is going to die in six months on the mission field. You're almost guaranteed that one out of three of your children will die on the mission field. Being called, will we obey? "When I come, will I find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8). You say, "Now, you're scaring me, Pastor. Everything up to this part was like, 'Yes, praise God, amen!' I feel like I'm getting encouraged. I feel like I'm ready to go." Here's what you're going into. Can you count it all joy? You know, the fact is most of us will not be called into those circumstances. Most of us will just be called to deal with footmen. Now, when we talk about footmen we're aware of what was being written. We're aware of those that are warriors. The footmen that most of us are facing are the footmen of no electricity for a day. The footmen of, we didn't get the advancement, the raise, or the promotion. You know, we've got this ailment that we're dealing with.
I've talked about Janet not having to endure much. But she endured a physical affliction for a lifetime. I often wondered about that. Janet was not much of a Bible student. She wasn't a Bible teacher. She was just an obedient servant. I meditated one time on that and I thought, "Why doesn't she spend a lot of time studying the Bible?" And the Lord spoke to me. He said "Because she's busy doing it." Everything she had been taught since she was two years old, she did. You know if you do it, you don't have to study it a lot. We've got too many students of the Bible today and not enough doers. We think we're safe because of our knowledge. We think we're holy because of how much we can quote. It's so clear, it's one of the simplest truths in the Bible. As they stand and look into that face Whose eyes are like flames and they say, "Lord, didn't we?" He's going to say, "I never knew you." You want to know how to be known? Be obedient. "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." And he obeyed.