From time to time we all need to be reminded of God’s past faithfulness. This helps us as we continue to journey with Him, stepping out in faith bravely marching into uncharted territory. The Israelites were venturing into uncharted territory so Moses gave a much-needed pep talk: “the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.” God was with them; He will be with us. Sometimes we get comfortable in the place that our last faith steps have taken us and we think we have arrived. But God yearns to move us out of the familiar and into a deeper trust of His guidance.
After our first year of living in a provincial city in China I was not excited about moving to the rural back woods near Burma. It was the summer of 1997 and I had grown to know the flower lady on the corner and the egg man in the market. I knew several ways to ride my bike across town to language school, our family had made local friends, and odd as it may seem, the bustling Chinese city, filled with foreign smells and sights and sounds, felt like home. Oh, the blessings we would have missed if we had not stepped forward with God’s leading, leaving the newly familiar to pursue Him into the more unknown. When we focus on His Presence, the steps of faith are not taken alone for Jesus is right next to us along the way.
As we resettled, and made yet another new place home, relationships developed. We trusted in God in fresh ways, relying on Him to be our “Steadfast Constant” when so much around us was again uncharted. Over time, we had the joy to share truth with a minority tribal man. When he understood God’s love and forgiveness, he asked, “God can understand my dialect? I can talk directly with Him?” If we had stayed in the familiar, how would this man have heard God’s good news? I believe God would have made a way, but we would have missed out on being a part of the blessing.