From the time of leaving Haran, to the negotiations with Lot, visits from angels, instructions about circumcision . . . Abraham lived his life in constant conversation with God. So much so that when he was asked to take Isaac up the mountain and put him on the altar, he could identify for sure the voice that he was hearing. (If God asked me to do such a thing, I would say, ‘No. That cannot be God. I must not be hearing correctly.”)
Somehow, Abraham was confident enough in the voice he had come to recognize, and confident enough that God had a master plan based on His eternal love and faithfulness, that he was willing to obey.
Abraham heard from God and followed Him step by step. Actually, following God’s voice was his major life “accomplishment.” David killed a giant. Noah built an ark. Joseph saved a nation from annihilation. Samuel anointed kings.
What did Abraham do? He just went on a trip with God, and obeyed Him at every turn! Really. Even in Hebrews 11, it says that Abraham “obeyed and went.” That is what he was credited with.
I usually wake up in the morning with a list of things I want to accomplish. I need to be reminded constantly to just enjoy the ride. I am on a journey with God. We can all go on safari with God, if we choose to.
Our walk with Him is all about the process of God in our lives — not the outcome. It is not about what we will be able to achieve. It is about the journey. Abraham shows us what a relationship like that looks like.