The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” Genesis 12:1
It’s easy to say, “Give your cares to the Lord and trust Him” when everything in life seems to be going well. It’s easy to say, “I trust you Lord with everything I own” when bills are paid.
However, what if God told you to leave the job that’s paying your bills, would you trust the Lord enough to do it? Would you trust God even when you don’t understand why you’re being sent to a freezing cold land in the winter and just the thought hurts? If God told you to leave the familiar and enter the unfamiliar, would you trust Him? Would you trust Him when your friends and family are telling you’re nuts? I have my moments of thinking He’s got a sick sense of humor for sending me to the Upper Peninsula in February, but my trust in Him wins out and I do some more packing.
Has this ever happened to you? He has taken you from what’s “oh so familiar” and redirected your paths into the unfamiliar, and possibly downright uncomfortable? You don’t understand what’s happening in your life, or where you’re going to live. The only thing you know is that the Lord gave you a word (instruction, a promise, vision, etc.) and the only thing you have to hold on to is that word.
God told Abraham to leave everything he knew, was familiar with and to enter into the unfamiliar. Abraham didn’t know where he was going. Abraham could have easily said, “But God, where will I go? What will I eat and drink?”, but he didn’t. He chose to trust God and be obedient and as Christians we must learn to do the same.
As much as we would like God to give us “what, where, when and how” upfront all the time, God doesn’t operate like that. Most of the time God will place you in a satiation where you have to trust Him to meet your needs.
As a person who’s been in this situation, and is busy packing for a new adventure, I’ll tell you that this only increases your faith as you learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Lean not on your understanding, but trust in the Lord with your whole heart and peace will be yours.