The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” –Genesis 12:1-3
When we read this passage, we can see God giving Abram two things: an instruction and a promise. The key is, Abram has to follow the instruction to get the promise. Often, when God is calling us into a new season, He tells us what to do and what the reward will be…but He leaves out how we’re going to get there. He also sometimes likes to keep us wondering about the bigger purpose for this path He’s asking us to travel. If you’re like me, you are much more comfortable when you feel like you’ve got things figured out:
“It’s OK, God, we’re cool. I totally know what You’re doing and where You’re going with this so it’s all good. No problem, I got this!”
Unfortunately, we’re more likely to rack our brains trying to dissect the situation and figure out the how and the why. But God says “Nice try, kiddo! I’m only giving you the what and the where. The rest you will have to find out later because if I told you now, it wouldn’t require faith for you to go forward. I want to see you choose to step out in faith even though you don’t know all the details.”
It’s really a matter of trust. Do we trust that God knows what He’s doing and will take care of us on the way to the land He will show us? Do we trust that He really will follow through on what He promises? If so, there are great rewards ahead of us when we exercise our faith in Him, even if it’s a little scary to take that first step. Imagine if Abram had decided to stay where it was familiar instead of obeying God. God wouldn’t even tell him exactly where they were going! He just said, “I’ll show you when we get there”. If Abram had not responded with a yes, imagine how humanity might have been affected.
If you feel God asking you to step out in faith today and leave your comfort zone for a new land, do it! He isn’t asking you to go alone; on the contrary, He wants you to come with Him to this new land. Step out! See what adventures God has in store for you on this road trip to your destiny!