Frightened by the Hill

Genesis 12:1 – The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives,
and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (HCSB)

Genesis 12:4a – So Abram went, as the Lord had told him (HCSB)

I was recently talking to a friend who had just gotten back from a trip to Nashville, Tennessee – a city known for its music and its food. She and her husband decided to go out to eat dinner, but their choices were limited to somewhere within walking distance of their hotel. They talked to people in the hotel and were given instructions, but when they went outside and looked around, they only saw the familiar neon sign of a fast food restaurant. They had been told that restaurants were near-by, but they turned to the left, toward what they could see, and had a fast food burger for their night out on the town. The next day they discovered that if they had turned to the right, they would have had block after block of restaurants and food choices, but they could not see the delights awaiting them from their spot in front of the hotel because a hill blocked their view. As I listened to her tell her story, I thought of how their choices that night compared to choices I have made in my life. I want to be involved in amazing things, just as my friends wanted an amazing dinner. I know that amazing things are out there somewhere, just as my friends knew that amazing food was out there somewhere. I have been assured of great things to come, but I go with what is within my view at the moment. Rather than wait for the good things ahead, I go with the inferior thing that I can have now. Rather than climb the hill and follow God’s directions to find the feast, I stay on the easy route and settle for the first thing that satisfies my momentary hunger. I would never suggest that someone strike off into the dark of an unknown city, but I can be just as reluctant to strike off into the unseen, even with a known God. Psalm 118:8 says its better to trust the Lord than put confidence in man, but time after time I ignore His direction for what I think is “a sure thing”. God’s word tells us about the many blessings He has in store for those who follow His directions, but so often we are frightened by the sight of the hill. Lord, please forgive me for settling for the mundane on the easy route when the amazing is just over the hill.

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