A destination is necessary when you plan a journey. Have you ever headed out without one in mind? Have you gotten lost? Journey implies there is a beginning and ending point, moving toward the end location. Otherwise you’re wandering aimlessly.
Many people in the Bible were on journeys that took them deeper in faith.
Abram, in Genesis 12:1, received a word from God to “Get out of your country, from your family And from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.”
Moses also received a directive from God at the burning bush, stating that he was the one to the the Israelites out of Egypt. (Ex. 3:10)
Those invitations for travel sound drastic. I need more information, please.
Both Abram and Moses followed the Lord with great faith to an unknown destination.
What can we learn from them?
- They chose to follow the Lord in obedience. Their journeys were not easy, but they held onto to God’s promises. Obedience demonstrates faith. On our faith journeys, we have the same choice of responding to God’s leading.
- They asked for guidance, and received direction from the Lord. The Israelites had the pillar of smoke or fire to guide them. We don’t have anything as visible, but we do have access to the Bible and prayer.
The unknown still exists no matter how well we plan. Following the Lord requires stepping out in faith.
Whenever my husband and I faced the decision to move to a new location for ministry, we wrestled with God. We knew God was leading us by stirring our hearts. We sought the Lord in prayer, searched the Word for guidance, and sought counsel from trusted friends. In the end, we knew that if we didn’t move to the new destination, we would be disobedient to God’s call on our lives.
God didn’t reveal every detail of His plan, but asked for our obedience to trust Him in faith. The first step of obedience is often the hardest. He promises to be with us, every step of way to our destination.
If you’re wondering where you’re headed, ask the Lord for you next step, and then be obedient to follow Him. The destination might seem unknown, but God knows your path.