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Have you driven to a new destination recently, one which required some assistance to locate? Do you have a navigator you can trust? Like much of the American population these days, you most likely turned on your GPS app on your smartphone to give you turn-by-turn directions.
As you followed those prompts, did you think about the route you were taking or question why you were traveling the way you were? I think oftentimes we follow the GPS directions without really thinking too much about it. We need to get from point A to point B, and we know the voice will guide us there.
A few years ago we were traveling about an hour from home, planning to meet some friends. Our destination was a college, so I was expecting to find it in town. Good-sized buildings surrounded by homes and businesses perhaps. We drove for an hour and a half, and I was beginning to wonder where on Earth we were going. Believing the GPS to be accurate, we continued to follow the turns until it announced that we had arrived at our destination. We were in a small neighborhood out in the middle of nothing, and there certainly was NOT a college there! Thankfully we were (eventually) able to locate the school and connect with our friends, but we did learn a lesson that day about the reliability of our GPS device!
What about the destination to which you are heading in life? There isn’t a turn-by-turn GPS for life.
Or is there?
Hopefully you do have a navigator for your life. God, the Creator and Sustainer of life, is the best, most reliable navigator. He knows where we are and where we are headed. Not only does He see the entire map, but He also knows where the construction and traffic jams are.
He gives us turn-by-turn instructions through the Holy Spirit and through the Bible. But how many times do we hear the direction and, instead of following along as we do with the GPS, question the turn?
Surely we’re not supposed to exit here? We don’t even know what’s at this exit. How are we going to get through whatever is at the end? Perhaps we’ll just keep going a little further and see if things look more familiar…
Why is it that we follow the GPS but hesitate to follow the Lord?
Isn’t He omniscient? Doesn’t He love us much more than Siri does?
Perhaps one of the biggest deterrents to following the Lord’s leading is the trials we walk through along the way. How could a loving and omniscient God lead me into situations like that? How could He allow these things to happen to me? However, I would argue that He does not lead us into them, but through them. Let me explain.God doesn't lead us INTO #trials but THROUGH them! #devotional Click To Tweet
This world is filled with sin and evil. People do things to other people that they shouldn’t. Life isn’t fair. Just because I believe in God doesn’t mean that I now live in a bubble where sin and evil can’t reach me. Things will still go wrong in our lives, but that doesn’t mean that God made them go wrong. They don’t come as a surprise to Him, and He plans a path to get you through it. He doesn’t abandon us in the middle of the mess. He continues to guide as we make our way through. And while I might look back and wonder where I made the wrong turn, I can be confident that He has led me through.
Unlike the GPS, God doesn’t leave us in the wrong place (assuring us it’s correct!), abandoning us to figure it out from there. He continues to offer direction if we will only listen and follow His lead.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT