It’s quite well known that we men hate to stop and ask for directions. Actually, I am glad I have a GPS in my car, because now I never have to ask for directions any more! But finding the right way to go is important. If you don’t have directions, you’ll never make it on vacation, or you’ll never get to that important appointment in time. It’s so important for us to know where we’re going.
That’s why today’s interaction between God and Abram had to be tough for him. God makes him quite a promise, and sends him out to claim the lands he had in store for him and his descendants. But Abram clearly didn’t know what he’d encounter along the way or even where he was finally going to end up. Yet, Abram’s faith was sure: he goes right through the land of the dreaded Canaanites, and builds an altar to God there.
The direction Jesus gives to his disciples – and to us – today is more spiritual in nature. In order to be close to God, we have to be more like God. And so we are to stop judging, lest we be judged. Spending our time judging others leaves that wooden beam in our eyes, which hinders us from seeing where we are going. If we want to get to heaven one day, we have to pull that wooden beam out of our eyes, and walk with our brothers and sisters in faith.
Just like Abram, we disciples are being led by God without a clear roadmap. Those of us who sweat details like that could be a little uncomfortable. But trusting in God, and walking with our brothers and sisters, we will come to our final destination in the safe and loving hands of our God.