A Journey of Faith

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east . . . Jacob said to them, ‘My brothers, where are you from?’. . . ‘We are from Haran.’ He said to them, ‘Do you know Laban the son of Nahor?’ And they said, ‘We know him.’” Genesis 29:1-5 NASB

On this day in 1843, a massive wagon train departed from Independence, Missouri, on what became known as “the Oregon Trail.” Comprising approximately 1,000 settlers, it was the largest group that had attempted to make this journey.

They had been inspired by accounts that had spread about the potential of life in far-off Oregon, where they could start over, and leave behind their past. Based on what they knew, they felt that the journey was worth the risks.

Dr. Elijah White, a Presbyterian missionary who had made the trip the year before, served as their guide. Yet they knew that ahead lay a journey of more than 2,000 miles. They would confront massive mountains and deep rivers, and need to endure heat and cold. There would be countless uncomfortable situations. And there was the constant challenge of finding food for so large a group.

Yet, in spite of the risks, on they went. And they persevered, finally arriving at their destination in Oregon, five months later. They had blazed a trail and, in the years to come, more families followed their example.

Jacob, too, took an important journey of faith. Others had gone before him on a path toward the east, but he still faced many dangers and unknowns. He was to discover that God directed his steps in remarkable ways. Others, including his father, Abraham, had similar testimonies about God’s guidance.

Each of us must travel on a personal journey of faith. Ahead are many unknowns. But we can be confident that God will be with us every step of the way.


Prayer: Father, thank You that I can trust You to direct my steps and provide for my needs. I believe that You have a plan for my life. I commit my journey to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.