There are times that we are called to escape the comforts of familiarities and venture off into the unknown with God. These times can seem daunting and quite frightening, but overall it is what is needed. God does not want us to become lackadaisical and therefore He calls us out of typical setting in which we dwell and sends us forth into unfamiliar territory and thus causing us to either fall back in fear or continue a great work for Him while trusting fully in Him.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV).

Just like when the Lord called Abraham out of his homeland and into a new land, Abraham had to move by faith as he truly did not know where he was going, but only followed the guidance of the Lord with faith. The same goes for the children of Israel when they were led into the wilderness and to the mountain of Sinai, they too knew not where they were going other than they knew that they were being led to a land of promise by the Lord Himself. When we are called to the new land we must always move in faith and never look back.

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1).

When we decide to look back is when trouble sparks as it went the same for the Israelite’s in the wilderness when they murmured against God and talked about returning to Egypt. The old land, the old life is not better than the new one that God leads us to and we must understand that it is His will to follow and obey in order to tap into the full blessings He has stored for us.

“So the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone.” (Numbers 32:13).

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Everyday we are faced with new challenges with some being simple and others being somewhat daunting to say the least. Some people are stuck in Los Angeles rush hour traffic, others are being led to a new ministry and yet some are even fighting the tough fight against cancer. Any of these times of challenges that bring us out of the realm of comfort are to be looked at as a time of growth and transformation. We must look at these times and ask ourselves the question, “What is God trying to show me here?” No matter how crazy or uncomfortable you may be, when the good Lord calls you out, do not murmur, but rather move forward in faith and always rely on Him with every step taken.

-Michael Thacker

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