So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.
People are getting used to having Sat Navs in their cars to help them find their way to where they want to go. This is especially good if they have never been to the place they want to visit. But sometimes things go wrong. We hear stories of big lorries being directed down very narrow lanes and they end up being stuck at a dead end! You always have to be sure of your route.
God called Abram to leave his home and to go on a journey. So far so good. But where was he to go? 'I will show you the route as you go,' God said to him. "So Abram went, as the Lord had told him." It is interesting to follow Abram on his journey as he faithfully followed God's instructions. But there were times when Abram listened to instructions that did not come from God and then things went wrong — like the lorries ending up stuck at a dead end. Then we find God patiently guiding Abram back on to the right road again.
God calls each of us to follow him. He has given us the best 'Sat Nav' in the shape of the Bible and he has even given us a special Guide in the person of the Lord Jesus, who said: "I am the way (the road), the truth and the life." (John 14:6) And Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit who he promised "will guide you into all truth." (John 16:3) Abraham (God added a bit to his name!) believed God and God blessed him. Follow his example — it is always the safest route.
Dear Lord Jesus, help me to follow you. Guide my life I pray. Amen.