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By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents… For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. – Hebrews 11:8-11
Towering above the innumerable stories through the scriptures stands the account of a man who fathered God’s chosen people. Abraham was the recipient of one of the LORD’s most powerful promises – to make from his family one of the greatest and most enduring nations in Earth’s history.
But history is often much easier to interpret with the benefit of hindsight. Before he was the father of many nations, before he had journeyed to the promised land, before even his name was Abraham, he was simply Abram, a man did his best to love and obey the LORD (not unlike you or I). He had no way of knowing that his God was about to call him out into something completely new and foreign. And when he heard the call, it was simply, “go to the land I will show you.” (Gen. 12:1) There was no direction or hints about his final destination. Just a command to step out in faith and go. Abram was seventy-five and well settled when he chose to obey the LORD, uproot his household, and lead them into the unknown.
What motivates a wealthy, established individual to do something like that? Why would Abram abandon his extended family, his community, and (some might say) his good sense for something as vague as “the land I will show you”? The answer, as we’ve seen, is found in the scriptures. Abram was looking ahead in faith to something that he couldn’t see but was absolutely convinced of its existence. He believed that because the call had come from his Heavenly Father, so too would come the fulfillment of the promise.
God will often call each of us out of the contentment of our current life into something far less certain. It may be something as simple as a call to the unknown neighbor who may need to hear the gospel for the first time and accept that the results are in His hands. Or it may be as gut-wrenching as a call out of a stable job and into a life of ministry. There is no telling what God may ask of you. But whatever the command, our response must not be to ask that God show us how it will end. The invitation of scripture is to simply embark on the journey that God has called us into, believing that HE is the architect of the path, and that the destination is in his hands, not ours.