August 26: Map or No Map?

Read Genesis 11:27-12:9

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”  (Hebrews 11:8).

A map on the wall . . . that is what I would put on display in the “Hall of Faith” if I were the curator in charge of the first Abraham exhibit.

The journey depicted on my map would begin in Ur, head east-northeast to Haran before heading south into Israel and a location called Shechem. This is the trip Abraham made.

But, here is the irony of my exhibit . . . while I would portray Abraham’s travels with a map, he had none. His was a journey of faith. Abraham did not know where he was going.

He only knew that God had called. So he answered. He only understood that God said, “Go!” So he set out. He only grasped that there was a destination that God had in mind.  So he packed up his wife, his nephew, a few others, along with all their possessions and began the wagon train trip.

“Where are we?” his wife Sarah must have asked as they traveled. With words uncharacteristic of men behind the wheel of a car, Abraham might have responded, “I’m not sure. God is leading us.”

You see, without a map or a GPS, Abraham had to be tuned into the voice of God and His leading day-by-day. At every fork in the path must have come the question, “OK, which way now? Right? Left? Straight?”

What exactly would come around the next turn, Abraham didn’t know. He only knew and trusted the One who led them. Confidently, by faith, he continued the journey until God said, “This is the place!” Once there, Abraham built an altar and worshiped.

Meanwhile, I have a map . . . or at least I think I do. I woke up today with my agenda, my plans, my destinations, and even the turn-by-turn directions of how to get there. But, have I paused today to listen, by faith, to the One who has called me? Have I asked Him if our destinations and objectives for today are the same? Do I trust Him enough to head into new areas for which I have no map, when He leads me there? I think I need to stop again and listen.


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I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 33+ years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in high school, and two grandsons. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio.
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