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Our Daily Bread - Sunday, October 16, 2016
by RBC Ministries

Genesis 12:1-10; 13:1

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
-Psalm 22:4

Isaiah 47-49
1 Thessalonians 4

Before my wife and I embarked on a 400-mile road trip, I set up the GPS with our daughter’s home in Missouri as the destination. As we travelled through Illinois, the GPS instructed us to get off the Interstate, resulting in a detour through the city of Harvey. After the GPS directed us back to 1-80, I was baffled by this mysterious detour. Why were we directed off a perfectly good highway?
I’ll never know the answer. We continued on our way, and we trusted the GPS to get us there and home again.
That got me to thinking about detours in life. We may seem to be travelling on a smooth pathway. Then for some reason, God redirects us into an unfamiliar area. Perhaps, it is an illness, or a crisis at work or school, or an unexpected tragedy occurs. We don’t understand what God is doing.
Abraham faced a mysterious detour when God told him, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house” (Genesis 12:1). Surely Abraham must have wondered why God was routing him to the Negev desert. But he trusted God and His good purposes.
A GPS may make mistakes, but we can trust our unfailing God (Psalm 22:4). He will guide us through all our mysterious detours and lead us where He wants us to go. – Dave Branon
We seek Your guidance, Lord, but we understand that our path won’t always be without challenges. Help us to trust You through the detours – knowing that You have our best interests and Your honour at heart.

We don’t need to see the way when we stay close to the One who does.


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