Big Picture Faith

Hebrews 11:8 (NIV)
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Lower Taquahmenon falls trail

I am sure that if you ask most wives they would say most men like to go places that the “don’t know where we are going”.  Abraham wasn’t lost on his journey,  he just didn’t know the end of the journey.  He stepped out into God’s call to move to a new place, a completely new future without really knowing the end of the road.  The result of his faith was to get a greater blessing than he could ever imagine. It is a big picture faith, one that sees the bigger possibilites of God’s imagination.

Abraham started out as Abram, a seventy-five-year-old man with a hope of children growing dim in his mind.  God would transform him to Abraham a man with a hope of descendants more numorus than the stars (Gen. 15:5).   I have been reading Mark Batterson’s book, “Wild Goose Chase”.  Batterson points out that God took Abraham outside in a very wonderful way.  He writes:  “Why did God take Abraham outside? The answer is more obvious than we imagine. As long as Abraham was inside the tent, a man made ceiling obscured his vision. It kept the promise of God out of sight” (Batterson, p. 74)*.  I like that point.

Abraham’s big picture faith, could now imagine those many people coming generations after him.  He could also imagine his people farming the land that he now roamed around as a nomad.  It would take hundreds and thousands of years for the promises of God to come to fulfillement for Abraham.  Yet, Abraham held the promise in faith.  Abraham lived day by day in a bigger picture of the world and God’s eternal power than most of us can imagine.

I wonder how often God wants to work in our lives that we have a faith that is small.  I wonder if we are only seeing through a small keyhole, while God wants to show us a bigger picture. What does God want to do in your life?  Who is God calling you to help or to serve?  Maybe you need to catch that big picture faith and step out in trust with God.

Blessings on your journey with Jesus,

– D.G. S.


  • (p. 74, Mark Batterson, “Wild Goose Chase”, 2008 Multnomah Books).


Published by dgshipton

Christ-Follower. Writer. Inspiration. Encouragement. Dreaming.

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