Very few of us like being kept in the dark about where we are going. There might have been a time when we were happy to jump into a car with our friends who were going “somewhere” without knowing where “somewhere” was . . . but lots of us, certainly me, are past that sort of thing. If I’m going somewhere I want to know where that is. How do you know if you have arrived if you don’t even know where you are going?
There is a particular character in the Bible who went without knowing where, Abram. The Lectionary Old Testament text for this Sunday is Genesis 12:1-4a: “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. 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 the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.” (NRSV)
Abram went without knowing where he was going. Sometimes we are also asked to go without knowing the end destination and this doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
The two sermons below discuss what it means to go. I hope one or both are a blessing to you and if you think I missed something, let me know and we can have a nice discussion about it.