So Abram went, as the had told him..." Genesis 12.4a
These first three words are really quite amazing: So Abram went. Really, at the age of 75, leaving the comforts of home and hearth, he strikes out from the family estate at Haran into the wilderness of the unknown. Lot, his nephew goes with him, as does Sarah his wife; but they are all heading into an unknown future with very little security, besides that of faith.
|Pieter Lastman, Abraham's journey, 1614|
Indeed, Paul will reflect on the faith of Abraham as he describes the very nature of the Christian life. The Christian doesn't have it all figured out and certainly doesn't know where it is that God might be leading; but the Christian dares to trust that God is good and that God will not leave us abandoned. Sometimes parts of the journey seem 'Godless' but when traveled through the lens of faith we are able to press on with the hope that even these 'Godless' patches will be the route by which God is at work in and for us.
Be brave! Be strong! Be bold! Where is it that you think God might be telling you to go?
A prayer: "Dear Lord, you call us just like Abraham to follow you. Show us the way that you would have us go and give us the courage to get there! Amen"