Philippians 3:17-19 ERV Brothers and sisters, join together in following my example. Also, learn by watching those who are living the way we showed you. There are many who live like enemies of the cross of Christ. I have often told you about them. And it makes me cry to tell you about them now. The way they live is leading them to destruction. They have replaced God with their own desires. They do shameful things, and they are proud of what they do. They think only about earthly things.
How many know of someone who is directionally challenged? You know, you give them directions to get to a certain destination and they end up in the opposite direction, in a place you’re not familiar with and they call you, lost, wanting you to direct them out. All I can say is, thank God for google maps! LOL! I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to someone close to me, but enough where I’ve encouraged her to learn to use maps for herself so she can navigate herself out of where she is. The sad thing is, when she goes with her father, it’s like the blind leading the blind! Sometimes they will arrive fine at their destination, but coming back they get lost.
Although this has been the source of may good laughs, it’s never a fun thing to be lost. It can be frustrating for the person driving and the one trying to talk them out. (I think I just got a knot in my stomach thinking about it!) Thankfully, we have a Heavenly Father who is patient with us when we get lost, and we do. This world can be unfamiliar territory to us and God longs to show us which way to go if we’ll only take the time to sit with him and listen to his voice.
Psalm 89:14 NIV says; Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Your truth and faithful love lead the way in front of you.
His truth is his Word! In Psalm 23, David wrote that He leads me beside still waters and that he would not fear for God was with him. Psalm 119:11 says that I’ve hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you. All great navigational tools to help guide us through life, yet we become wise in our own eyes and ways and think we can do it without help, without a map. We keep going until we are completely out of options and then we call to him, “We’re lost! We don’t know where we are! Can you help us find our way back?”
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
“I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see!” Amazing Grace. Once you’ve experience the amazing grace of God and known the cost of that grace, you’ll appreciate the navigational tools God has given. I don’t make a trip without checking my google app to see what the traffic looks like, what the best way to drive would be, but most of all, I consult with God. I ask HIM which way should I go, because I can see what it looks like right now, but he can see what is going to happen before I get there. That’s just one advantage of knowing God and relying on him for everything.
Father, you know the plans you have for me and I’m thankful that I hear your voice. Today might just be another day when I get up and go to work, but first, I just want to take time to be in your presence, to get direction for today. What would you have me pray? What would you have me do? Is there someone you want me to speak to today? Should I go this way to work or that way to work? Most important though, lead me in your truth. Reveal to me the mysteries in your Word so that I might gain wisdom and understanding. I have hidden your Word in my heart so that I might not get lost along the way. It’s in Jesus’ Name I ask this. Amen