Wednesday, January 15, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day ELEVEN: "Directions for the Journey"

Read: Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105, NLT).
Think About It: Everything had to work out just perfectly if I was going to pull of what seemed impossible to some and irrational to others. There was a limited amount of time for me to drive four and half hours one way, pick someone up, turn around and return to the very place where my morning would begin. I had had an already-scheduled appointment that morning that dictated the time I would begin and an appointment that was important to keep that determined my needing to be back by a certain time. Though somewhat familiar with the general area I was heading, I was unsure and uncertain exactly where I needed to arrive. The only thing I was sure of was what time I needed to arrive there by and again return to the highway in the opposite direction. Suddenly, I had a moment of insightful awakening. Rather than a vision from God, it was the instant awareness that I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going or how to accomplish such time-strained journey. The answer seemed as clear as newly cleaned glass. I knew there was a Radio Shack in the complex of the rest stop I had already planned on visiting. Upon grabbing my fresh hot cup of java, I ran over to the store and purchased an incredibly marked-down, on-sale, ready to go GPS. In an instant it showed me how to get where I was going and what time I would arrive. If I ran into difficulty on the way with traffic, accidents, or detours, it would recalculate an alternate route to assure my arrival.

Going Deeper: The Truth that is discovered between the treasured pages of the best-selling book to ever be found in print, serves much the same purpose as even the most expensive GPS device. God has a destination for your life that involves a purpose, a blessing, a hope, and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is never taken by surprise or caught off guard by the accidents, traffic jams, and detours that are readily found on life's intertwining system of highways. His Word is truth, powerful, insightful, and fully prepared to navigate us through all that we will encounter. When you face fear, the Bible reminds you that His perfect love casts out all fear. When weakness attempts to detour your journey, His truth declares with great certainty and confidence that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. When you find yourself having taken a wrong turn and are lost in the desolate wilderness of confusion and despair, His Truth promises that He is the God who causes fresh springs of oasis to well up in the desert places. He gives wisdom, guides you in truth, corrects you when you are wrong, reminds you of His mercy, and recalculates and redirects you on the right path. If you will allow Him, His determination is set on navigating you from where you are and assuring that you will be at the destination He has designed for you in just the right time.

Next Step: The Bible is more than just a collection of stories. It is both a reminder and a constant Friend that desires to guide you through every twist and turn you will inevitably encounter. What questions do you have right now about life, choices, and navigating through the terrain of confusion? Look to the Bible. As you may have done before, look in a concordance or internet search engine and look for people in the Bible who faced something similar. “Doubt,” “tough choices,” “what’s right or wrong,” it’s all there. You may not readily agree, but read it, pray about it, and choose to apply it. It will guide you to where God wants to lead you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this devotional. I am currently searching for a new GPS for our car. The old one needs an update and the new ones come with an update feature. I notice that the GPS you show is displaying in metric units, as it would in Canada, etc. I've heard GPS called God's Positioning System, as you said, it's the Bible, read, pondered, studied, and acted upon. Good advice and wonderful word today!