Go. You wouldn’t think that a word of only two letters could be so intrusive, so paralyzing, so difficult, but there it is.
Go. Short, simple, to the point, and entirely unsettling. Go not only assumes change but demands change. For Abraham, that change would be deep and personal and profound. Gone for good would be home, country, family, traditions, the familiar and comfortable. In their place would be nearly new everything with the exception of his loving wife Sarah, his faithful nephew Lot, and the bit of property he had acquired. But everything else—all the routines, all the customs and conventions, all the constants—entirely gone. And for what? For a gamble on God making good? For a fleeting feeling? For an impassioned whim, sincere as it may be? No. Not as Abraham saw it. But on the potency of God’s promise.
See, Abraham had the one indispensable thing needed when the word is GO! Abraham had the sure, certain, and specific promise of God: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” And that was all that he needed to pick up stakes and go. Abraham’s trust becomes practical when the promise is proven in the person of Christ.
That’s the pattern we see whenever God says go. Jesus told the disciples to go and get a donkey. Simple? Hah! You tell that to the person who owned the donkey! Uh, yeah, um Jesus needs it…And guess what? They got a donkey!
Go, Ananias, to Saul who’s staying in the house of Judas on Straight Street. But, um, Lord? He, you know kills people. Go! He’s my chosen instrument, I promise….
Go, Christian, baptize, teach, proclaim, forgive, judge, gather, give, fellowship, and I will be with you always! That’s the promise.
So what do you do when God says go? Well, you follow the lead of those that went before and you grab onto the promise of God and GO!