Well, all I can say is, how did we get by with just using a road map to get us around all these years?
Joe got a Navigation System for Christmas this year. He had been saying he wanted one, and we had been telling him he already knows all the roads. We know that for sure, because every time we get lost we call him and ask him for directions. Anyway, the girls surprised him with a GPS Unit.
He let us use it when we went on our road trip for Anna's internship interview. I can say it was really nice to get around the town we were in. We just entered the address of the location we needed to go to, and soon we arrived at our destination.
This lady's voice would say, "In 500 feet turn here," and so on. Then when you arrived at the turning point it would beep to let you know you were at the turning point. If for some reason you missed the turning point she would say, in 200 feet or (whatever the next road she was showing in her system), please make a U-turn immediately. If you decided you did not want to turn around, she would re-evaluate and give you a different direction to make it to your location. (Oh, by the way, she never raised her voiced and said things like you missed your road.)
Also, you could find all the restaurants, gas station, shopping malls, or even bathrooms, by just tapping the screen, and picking out whatever location you needed to go.
The only thing is if you were in a parking lot, and asked directions, she would always say, "go to the nearest main road." Well, in a Mall parking lot you have several main roads, but no worry, if you got on the wrong one, she would again say, "in 200 or 500 feet please make a U-turn immediately.
One bad thing is because GPS run off satellite, if it is clouded they will not work very well, which means you have to get out the old paper road map. ( If you have Dish or Direct TV, you know what I mean by this. If it is raining hard you lose the signal.)
Yes, there is a devotion coming from this, I promise you. And it is short and to the point.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had a GPS for our lives. Someone who would tell you where you need to go, when you need to turn around, turn right or left, and tell you not to go in that direction or you will run into turbulence, a bad road, or a wreck.
Also a map that never loses signal, or changes. It is always the same. WOW! What a way to live, if only we had a GPS.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6. In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
5. Trust in the
LORD with all your heart
in all your ways acknowledge him,
Yes, we already have a GPS, it is God's Personal System, which He uses to speak to us and direct us. It is called the Holy Spirit and His map is great, it is the Bible. It never changes on you, it is always the same. It's directions are simple and easy to follow. And if you do happen to get on the wrong road, God will help show you the way to get back on the road if you will just follow His directions.
Just Trust, Acknowledge, and not try to figure things out for yourself, and God will lead you on the right road to go.
As for myself, I am just on temporary assignment here, my real home is Heaven. And until my assignment is completed, I am going to follow the oldest GPS there is on earth. That is God.
See, I followed the road of salvation, by the way of the cross and the blood of Jesus. Now, I am following His unchanging map, doing the work He has for me to do. I will continue on the road of discipleship wherever it leads me. Then one day, when my assignment on earth is done, I will hear a voice calling my name, saying come home, my child, and then I will reach my final destination......
How about you?
Romans 10:8-9 (NKJV)
8. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
9. that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.