Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a
As we began to pull away from the curb for a one-day excursion, I asked my wife, June, “Where are we going?” “Do you have the map?” When she said, “Just drive. I’ll tell you where to turn,” I literally stopped the car half way out into the driving lane. There was no way I was ready to just go and not know where we were going and how we were to get there. That should give you an idea about what challenges me in the lesson for today.
“Go…to the land that I will show you,” God tells Abram. “So Abram went,” the passage ends. No road map. No GPS. Just a promise of great blessings.
What do you think? How much of our life’s journey is by God’s promise and God’s GPS? There have been a few times when God and I agreed about the next step in my life’s journey. Other times, I ended up where God wanted me when I was very hesitant. This much I’ve learned: God gets us to where God wants us to be. Many times it’s through detours we set up. But, God always wins.
So, why not just trust God in the first place? Go to the place that God shows us. That would probably save us a bunch of time and aggravation. But, here is the really good news—even when we resist God and go our own way, GOD EVENTUALLY GETS US WHERE GOD WANTS US. It's the best GPS there is.
By the way, June’s day was a great one. We ended up at New Hope, PA, after lunch at Brickerville Inn! Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
Closing Prayer: This prayer has been helpful to me over the years:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out whit good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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