Do use a GPS when you travel? Do you know what GPS stands for? It’s a Global Positioning System and it is a satellite navigational system that provides location, time and weather information anywhere on Earth, as long as the various satellites are not blocked from the GPS receiver. The beauty of a GPS is not only will it tell you how to get to your desired destination, it will direct you there as quickly as possible, maneuvering you around closed roads, road construction or accidents that may slow you down. It’s a fabulous tool to use when traveling, especially if you’re unfamiliar with how to reach your destination.
The GPS will verbally direct you as well as show you a map of where you are and will usually give you a picture of your next action step you’ll be taking. On occasion, the GPS will indicate alternate routes to take if you’re encountering any delay of travel due to heavy traffic volume or an accident; however, the choice is yours. Once you decide, the GPS will direct you based on the way you’re driving.
Have you ever felt like the Lord gave you a peak of where He’s taking you in life, but you’re just not sure how to get there? Maybe He’s called you into the mission field or called you into a certain profession. You know your ultimate destination, but you’re not quite sure which path to take to arrive with as little distraction and heartache as possible. Thankfully, He never leaves us hanging. He tells us at the end of Matthew 28:20.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
It’s helpful to have Him with us, because He knows where we’re going. He’s better than a GPS because not only does He know where the trouble spots are, He controls the trouble spots. He can navigate us around them, when we cooperate with Him, and if we chose to ignore His direction, He still remains with us [Proverbs 3:5-6]. He never leaves us alone to fend for ourselves [Deuteronomy 31:6,8].
Like our GPS, no matter how many wrong turns we make in life, God will eventually get us to our destination if we will listen to Him.
The determining factor between us getting there at all, late or on time is our willingness to cooperate with Him.
Not only will our cooperation determine when we arrive at the desired location, but the path we take determines the shape we’ll be in when we arrive.
So many times we want to go our own way, ignoring the leading of the Lord, and then when the wheels fall off the bus, we ask Him where He was and why He allowed something to happen. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t travel down the path of life ignoring Him at every turn and then blame Him when things don’t work out right; however, if we chose to travel down the path He directs us on, we can trust it will be the best path for us, no matter what it may look like on the journey.
Romans 4:17B says He is,
the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”
He knows where we need to go. He knows the plans He has for us [Jeremiah 29:11]. He speaks things and they happen [Genesis 1-2]. We can trust Him. We can trust the path He puts us on, no matter how the circumstances appear.
What direction are you going? Who is your GPS?
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