February 11, 2014

Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Genesis 12:1-8

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.
—Hebrews 11:8


With experience, traveling gets easier. If we have previously navigated an airport or are familiar with the local language, it’s not overwhelming to get where we are going. But if we don’t know the way to our next gate or can’t read the signs pointing the way, we can soon feel lost and have no idea where we are and where we need to go next.

Abraham was in a situation like that. If we try to put ourselves in his sandals, we can see that it was no small thing to obey and follow God’s leading. God promised that Abraham would be a great nation and bring great blessings for “all peoples on earth,” but this would require a long journey and a new start, living among strangers in a faraway land. “He did not know where he was going.”

When Abraham arrived at his destination, he built an altar and dedicated it to the Lord, who had brought him there. What a wonderful action in the midst of one of the most memorable pilgrimages in Scripture.

Where has God brought you? Is your first thought to worship him for his faithfulness? God continues to promise us spiritual blessings in this life and the next. So let’s not forget to dedicate the steps of our lives to God, even if, like Abraham, it is unclear exactly where God is leading.

True God, I dedicate my life to you. Nothing that I have is mine alone; it all belongs to you. Use me and mold me after your will, I pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Jason Zuidema

Jason Zuidema lives in Repentigny, Quebec, with his wife, Anna, and their three children. He is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and currently serves as executive director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association. He is the author of a special Seafarers edition of Today devotions published by ReFrame Media in 2012.

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