It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call of God and walked toward a country he was to receive as a promise and inheritance. He left and walked by faith, not knowing where he was going (see Genesis 12:1).
Can you imagine the conversation that must have gone on between
Abraham and his lovely wife, Sarah, as this wild adventure began?
Abraham was successful, prosperous, and well established in his
community. He and Sarah had worked hard, and they were enjoying the
fruit of their efforts. After all, it was well-deserved, right?
As Sarah looked at her husband one evening, she noticed that he
seemed pensive and somewhat emotional. He hadn’t said a word since he
“What’s the matter, honey? You know you can tell me anything,” Sarah whispered.
Abraham blurted out, “I have been in prayer for many months about
this and I have this deep conviction, this impression that I can’t get
out of my mind that we must leave, get out of my father’s house, leave
everything we know. And I feel that as we do this and obey God, we will
If you are married, you can imagine the scene and almost hear the
conversation that followed! “What do you mean, we are leaving? We are
happy here! It’s safe! I like it here! You know, as I do, the horrors
that are taking place in the heathen towns around us!”
Abraham answered the best he could, “God is leading us, Sarah. I know
it. I have built an altar to Him and I am serious. We have to go!”
As Abraham kept repeating, “We have to go, we are to go,” all of a
sudden Sarah asked, “Where are we going?” Silence. Then he answered
sheepishly, “Well, that the exciting part! God has not told me where
The father of faith walked, not knowing where he was going!
Claude Houde, lead pastor of Eglise Nouvelle Vie
(New Life Church) in Montreal, Canada, is a frequent speaker at the
Expect Church Leadership Conferences conducted by World Challenge
throughout the world. Under his leadership New Life Church has grown
from a handful of people to more than 3500 in a part of Canada with few
successful Protestant churches.