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Now the Lord... said to Abram...'
Abraham trusted God to fulfil His promise, come what may. 'By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents...' (Hebrews 11:9 NKJV). Some nights Abraham probably thought, 'I wish I was back home sleeping in my own bed.' Being in God's will gives you confidence, but it won't always make you comfortable. Following a plan you didn't devise, to a destination you see in your mind but can't explain, is called 'walking by faith'. God decides the plan, moves you from point A to point B, and says, 'Trust me; I've got it all worked out.'
In 1945, before he met Billy Graham, Cliff Barrows and his fiance, Billie, had scraped together enough funds for a simple wedding and two train tickets to a city with a resort hotel. On arrival, however, they found the hotel shut down. Stranded in an unfamiliar city with little money, they hitched a lift. A sympathetic driver took them to a grocery store owned by a woman he knew. The newlyweds spent their first night in a room above the store. The next day, when the lady overheard Cliff playing Christian songs on his trombone, she arranged for them to spend the rest of their honeymoon at a friend's house. Several days later the host invited them to attend a youth rally where a young evangelist was speaking. The song leader that night was sick, and Cliff was asked to take charge of the music. The young evangelist, of course, was Billy Graham. The two became partners from then on. When things don't go your way, God has plans of His own. Better plans!
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