Thur., Jan. 13/22
Adventure happens when we brave our way out into the unknown. Not, mind you, as going out “on a lark,” that is as by a whim for the play of it. But going out by a call to it… perhaps fearfully, yet compelled by the duty of it — through a dark and howling woods perhaps toward some desperate cries of “Help!”
This is the sort of “going out” to which our spiritual father Abraham was called. Of him scripture states, “By faith Abraham… obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Heb. 11:8). His motivation was this “call,” a plea not to save but one desperate soul, but in God’s plan, to save many souls… spiritual descendants “as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” (v. 12).
How did he do this? “By faith…” We are called to faith. We only imagine our whims. The worldly-wise adventurer goes out on a limb, but the spiritually discerning believer is called and goes out in faith, on the Branch, the root of David. (Isa. 11:1, Zech. 3:8, 6:12, Rom. 15:2, Rev. 22:16).
Abraham went out by faith… faith in His Guide… the Branch… the same Guide and Branch Who dwells in the hearts of all who willingly come to Him. The Holy Spirit, the “deposit” of God.
“…when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13).
“When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, Who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:13b-14).
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isa. 30:21).
“By faith Abraham… obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.“ — Now there is true Adventure!