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"God's Compass"

April 28, 2003

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Hebrews 11:8 "By faith Abraham...went, even though he did not know where he was going."

As you travel life's road, do you often feel insecure because of the unkonwns? A husband and wife were traveling in unfamiliar territory when he finally admitted, "We're lost." As he chided himself for not bringing a map, the wife calmly pointed to the compass above the dashboard and said, "The compass shows we're going in the right direction. We'll get there."

Abraham probably would have appreciated a map as he headed for the unknown Promised Land. We too may wish for maps detailing and explaining the roads we will travel on our life's journey. We may long to know where the "side roads" of pain and discouragement intersect the overall route. Are we possibly lost? Has God abandoned us?

God's compass points us in the right direction -- heavenward -- through faith in His Son, who had redeemed us from sin, death, and hell by His atoning sacrifice for our sins. With the compass of His Word in hand, we need not be bewildered by the specific trails we travel. We need not demand an explanation of every turn our life takes. Like Abraham, we trust our loving Savior to bring us to the Promised Land.

PRAYER: Gracious God, strengthen our trust that You are guiding us through our life here toward life with You forever in heaven. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 15-16    Luke 20:1-26

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