Bread – Destinations

January 24, 2014


Readings for Friday, January 24, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Gen. 11:27-12:8; Heb. 7:1-17; John 4:16-26; Psalms 31,35

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When we set out to go, we typically have a place to go. If you are in your office and say, “I am going home,” then home is probably your destination. If you have just purchased airline tickets, there is an airport at the end of the trip. That airport is one of your destinations on the way to another destination.

When God tells us to “go,” does He give us a destination? A lot of times in Scripture, the answer is “no.” God commands, we go, and the destination is revealed very slowly, if at all. For example, in our reading from Genesis today, God tells Abraham “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” Gen. 12:1. God said “Get up and go, leaving behind your home and people,” and I am sure that Abraham (then Abram) replied, “Go where?” to which the Lord replied “I’ll tell you later.”

For those who put their trust in Christ, our ultimate destination is fellowship with God “forever and ever.” Knowing that, do any of our other destinations really matter?

God calls us to do something. Our natural response is to ask God where He wants us to do it. But God says in return, “trust Me” with your destination; in the meantime, just be obedient.

In a sense, God is giving us the opportunity here to be truly free. If I am in an elevator on my way to a meeting, and the destination does not have a hold on my life, don’t I have time to talk to my neighbor, to be a good Samaritan to him? Have you ever noticed that, when you are in your car and driving with a destination in mind, you don’t see that new multi-story building being constructed in front of you, but you do notice it when you are just driving for the fun of it. When our destination blinders are not on, we have time and energy to enjoy the world around us. To see the world around us. To hear the world around us.

When we don’t have a destination, we get to revel in the moment of time that God has given to us, right then.

Was Abraham scared to leave the place and people he knew to go, literally, God knows where? I am sure he was, but he had faith and trust in God and did it anyway.

Today, rather than set your destinations yourself, maybe pray to God that He let you know the destination He wants for you today. Or maybe He’ll say “go” and we’ll say “where” and He’ll say “where I tell you.” Wherever He tells us to go, or wherever He leads us, will be a better destination than we could come up with on our own.

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© 2014 GBF

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