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.
Have you ever gone on a long hike into an unknown area without a map, or without your phone?
Have you tried to find that new coffee shop, with nothing but the name? Did you step out of the house without knowing where you were going and without any outside help?
There are three key lessons we learn about the life of Abraham from Hebrews 11:8:
Abraham was a man who had a great deal of faith. Everything he did was from a position of faith in God who would be his great deliverer. Even when his wife Sarai was barren, Abraham still had faith in God that he would fulfil his promises. In this he had to be patient; and in the end even be willing to sacrifice his own son.
Another lesson from the life of Abraham is that of obedience. He lived in such a way that as God called him, he was willing to go and do. In Genesis 12 we read of how God invited Abraham (known then as Abram) to become a mighty blessing for the whole of humanity. As a result of this call, Abraham was instructed to leave Haran and go to the land of Canaan. It was a risky move, but one that he did full of faith and obedience.
The final lesson learn here is that of sight. Abraham did not know where he was going. He did not know how God would make him a blessing. And yet he went away. Leaving behind all that he knew, he followed the call that God placed on his life.
I believe it is sometimes necessary for Christians to take steps into the unknown. It is necessary to make those risky, faith-filled, obedience drenched decisions, to say YES to God's plans and to lay aside our own agendas. If faith can see every step of the way, it is not nearly faith.
I wonder what are you placing your faith in. Are you taking time to be still and listen to the voice of God? Are you being obedient to what He is asking you to do?
Today, take time to ask God this bold question:
Where do you want me to go?
As God speaks to you, will you be like Abraham; will you and listen and go, full of faith and obedience?