The journey is the thing.
That line comes from Homer's classic tale The Odyssey. Written over 2,000 years ago, Homer's words strike an unusually relevant cadence to our lives as believers.
Remember when God called Abraham from the land of Ur? The Lord said to him:
"Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you." (Genesis 12:1)
God called Abraham to a journey—a journey of faith—to trust Him without knowing all the details. That uncertain journey became "the thing" God used to grow Abraham's faith, to begin and cultivate a chosen people, and to set in motion His wondrous plan of redeeming the world from sin.
The climax of Abraham's faith-journey came as he lifted a blade in his hand in order to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. You know the story. Moments before the knife would have made its fatal blow, God sent an angel to intervene. Now convinced of Abraham's unconditional faith, the Lord provided a ram, wrestling in the thicket, to take Isaac's place.
You and I arrive at similar dramatic moments in our journeys of faith, don't we? They occur when we must trust God without the benefit of knowing all the details. The journey is the thing! God uses it to challenge us . . . to rely on Him, unconditionally.
Today, Insight for Living Ministries faces a significant financial shortfall. This journey of faith challenges us to turn to God for His provision. Like Abraham, we are convinced our God will provide. Yet, we also believe that we do not journey alone, so we ask that you think of yourself as our "intervening angel." Your financial assistance is that crucial! We have confidence you will respond generously.
When you give your gift today, make certain to request a special copy of my 30-day devotional titled Faith for the Journey. This beautifully designed volume, bound in soft, LeatherLike material with gilded pages, includes 30 daily reflections from Abraham's extensive journey of faith. It would also make an ideal gift for someone close to you who needs hope for their faith-journey. If you’ve already made a donation as a Monthly Companion, please call 1-800-246-2420 to request your copy of this unique book.
Thank you, sincerely, for giving an unusually generous gift today. The journey is the thing . . . so let's walk through it by faith . . . together!
With gratitude for your financial intervention,
Charles R. Swindoll