Guess what — When Abraham ‘walked away’ from Haran, he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11 says, “By faith, Abraham obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
Who in their right mind would even do such a thing? ‘Travel 101’ states that you should know where you are going when you start a trip, and if possible know how you will get there.
I am a one-step-at-a-time type of person. I function best when I live from event to event or from task to task. It is difficult for me to see beyond a bend in the road to the distant destination ahead. But even so, if you tell me to leave home, pack up my family and set out to where I don’t know… that would be foolish. “Just get packed up. Get ready to leave. I’ll tell you later where to go,” were God’s words to Abram. That almost seems like foolish obedience.
The world will definitely think it is foolishness! But this is what God asked Abram to do.
As a newly married couple 30 years ago, Ibrahim and I set out to a ‘new’ land — without any plans to speak of. We stayed for a while at Ibrahim’s brother’s home. They must have thought we were clueless (probably true). We lived by faith, literally. And God did one miracle after the other. Within months we launched a magazine that become very successful, then started church planting with DOVE…. and the journey has been amazing.
In the walk of faith, we will not always see our final destination. We do not always see the full picture of our life. In fact, when we think we see everything, or try to prescribe to God what our future should look like, we will probably be disappointed.
God is the better author of our future. I want Him to show me where to go step by step!