Know the Course, Not the Destination – Who Needs to Know?

Nobody needs a map anymore.

This is news to exactly, well, no one. GPS, smartphones, in-dash navigation… eventually, our cars themselves will get us where we need to go.

But none of those navigation methods work without a destination. An end point. A dropped pin on a landscape. I need to go there.

With these solutions, the route is less important, at least initially. The destination is of primary concern.

God works differently. He knows the destination, and the route is of primary concern.

 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. 2 And 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. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” -Genesis 12:1-3

God knew where Abram was to go. But how much did He tell Abram?


Go where I show you.

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people. -Exodus 13:21–22

When God led Israel out of Egypt from within a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, He didn’t tell them where they were going.

Go where I show you.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11

Where in that verse does it say that we need to know the plan? Nowhere!

What do we need to know?

Or rather… who?

The God who set the world in motion and His Son our Redeemer, using the Holy Spirit inside us as a guide.

Wherever Jesus is… head that way.