I'm preparing to teach Bible study tomorrow on verses from Genesis 12 and 13. One thing sticks out to me tonight . . . when God called Abram, He didn't give him any details. He only told Abram to go "to the land I will show you" (Gen. 12:1). There are times in my life when a couple of words or a phrase jumps out at me. This is one of those.
I've talked to a lot of people lately, some through this network, who have lost their jobs and are struggling to know what to do next. Wouldn't it be great if God gave us a roadmap with specific directions to tell us exactly where we're going next and how we're going to get there? We all know that God doesn't always work that way.
What does He gives us? He gives us a direction, the first step or the next step along a journey in which we often don't know what the end destination will be. That and a promise . . . that He will bless us. Look at what He did through Abram (Abraham). He blessed the world through Abram's descendant, Jesus.
The destination for Abram was one that he could not possibly have imagined for himself. But God could.
Like Abram, God has plans for us that we cannot imagine for ourselves.
But God can.
That's a pretty amazing promise.