I Will Show You
I enjoy the story of Abraham for many reasons. Personally, I relate to Abraham in the sense that when I was 18 God called me away from my home, land, and family to an unknown land called North Carolina to pursue college and seminary education. Yet, there is one part of Abraham’s story in Genesis 12 that I am sure we can all relate to: God calling us to do something or go somewhere without giving too many details. We find this in Genesis 12.1, “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 show you. That was all. Abraham was given no specifics regarding the land other than God in verses two through three promising blessing on him and his future household. We then find in Genesis 12.4, “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…” I will show you…so Abram went, as the LORD told him. God called Abram to go with only the promise, “I will show you.” And Abram went.
Are we willing to follow God based on the simple promise from him, “I will show you”? To be perfectly honest, this is hard for me. As many of you know, I am someone who needs details of plans and how those plans will be carried out. I am not a person for surprises or last-minute changes. However, God is not captive to my needs. I am to be surrendered to his majestic lordship over my life. How can we follow God in faith simply based on the promise, “I will show you”? By allowing God’s Holy Scriptures to frame our understanding of who he is and how he operates. We know that God is good and God does nothing which does not bring good to his people. All we have to do is read Psalm 23.6, “Surely goodnessand mercy shall follow me all the days of life…” That goodness flows from the Good Shepherd that Psalm 23 is talking about. We know that regardless of where God calls us or what God calls on us to do, it will be good. We may not have all the details or fully understand the bigger picture. But rest assured, it comes from a Good Shepherd who will supply goodness to us all the days of our lives.
So, if all God says to you or me is, “I will show you…” Our response in faith should read, “And Brian went, as the LORD told him.” Or, “And insert your name went, as the LORD told him or her.” Why? Our Good Shepherd is blessing our lives with goodness all the days of our life. Back to Genesis and Abraham, we know that immediately after the promise to bless him, Abram messed up in Egypt by taking things into his own hands; and, it won’t be the last time. Yet, we come to chapter 13.14-15, “The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.’” The Lord God told Abram in chapter 12.1, “I will show you…” Here in chapter 13.14-15, the Lord God showed him. We can rest in the promises of God and follow wherever he leads.