Sometimes when we’re obeying God as best we as know-how, life gets more, rather than less, difficult. So we try the novel thing and pray! Listen to what Abe does after praying Genesis 12:9~And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb. (ESV) Abe prays, and say so you want me to go towards the desert. An abandoned place. I will follow you, Lord. Many times when we are seeking or fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives we must spend some time alone in the desert. Take Jesus, who after His baptism into earthly ministry, Immediately! Matthew 4:1~Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (NIV) To discover God’s purpose for our lives means we must take the Initial Steps: Move when we hear God’s voice, Communicate with God, and Anticipate problems. 

Anticipate problems (Genesis 12:10-16). Sometimes we mistakenly put the great heroes of faith on pedestals of perfection, where they have a tendency to fall off. However, this isn’t how God’s Word describes its key characters. With shocking candidness, God tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth about His great saints. He writes about Noah who got drunk, about Samson’s propensity for women, and David’s act of adultery. Even the greatest of Old Testament prophet, Elijah, has lapses of faith. Yet, when God spoke they moved to answer His call as they lived out their purpose. James 5:17~Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. (NIV)

Since Abe is also bound his by humanity, like us, facing starvation in a famine, he doesn’t consult the Lord, rather he moves without God. Have you ever moved without the Lord’s blessing? It can be a slippery slope of treacherously trying times. Like when Abe moves down to Egypt. We find the problem presented in Genesis 12:11-12~When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me…(ESV) Abe is in panic mode. When we get in panic mode everything becomes life and death and all rationality goes out the window, along with God’s promises. 

You’re probably reminiscing of a time when you let life get the best of you. A time when the Lord’s scorched Promised Land didn’t look nearly as green as the fertile banks of the Nile did to Father Abraham, who as of this moment, still has no children of his own. We need to understand following God’s purpose for our lives doesn’t mean an end to our trials. Even in the midst of fulfilling God’s purpose, there may be financial pain, physical difficulties, relationship problems, and various other personal struggles. So, I remind us all of Christ Jesus’s words in John 16:33~I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

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