Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen. 12:1-3
“To the land I will show you” is a promise and a mystery. God promised Abram He was going to show him where to go. The implication, however, is that Abram is going to find out on the fly. What does a journey like this take? Faith. Crazy faith. Crazy faith that follows in obedience into the unknown. Notice a couple things here:
1. God doesn’t tell Abram where he is going. God doesn’t give Abram an itinerary or a schedule. No step-by-step or turn-by-turn navigation. No voice from the GPS saying “recalculating…recalculating” when he makes a wrong turn. Just this mysterious land that God will show him.
2. God does tell Abram what he is doing. The statement “I will” is repeated over and over in Gen. 12:1-3. God made the promises. God was faithful to fulfill the promises. He made a great nation. He blessed. He made his name great. He blessed those who blessed. He cursed those who dishonored. He blessed all the nations through Abram. He blessed all the nations through his offspring. His offspring was Jesus. I’d say that’s a pretty significant blessing.
The journey of faith is a wonderful mystery. Abram went into the unknown, not knowing exactly where he was going, but trusting in what God was doing. He didn’t get the plan or the agenda. He just believed. One step after another.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went, not knowing where he was going. Heb. 11:8