The navigation app on my phone seemed to have a poor sense of direction.
It commanded in a loud voice to take the next exit to reach my destination that I knew was a few more freeway ramps away. What I didn’t know was an accident blocked the road and the app’s seemly all-knowing function redirected me to save time, and most likely, some aggravation along the way.
Oh, man. Don’t ya wish life could have the same guidance system?
“In two days, continue forward for six hours, then make a sharp right turn to avoid the. . .” Yep, I think step-by-step, instructions would come in very handy.
Although we don’t have info on the moment-by-moment events in life, we do have directions that will serve us well. They are found in the writings of the Bible and when implemented, they can help us navigate through the unpredictable situations we come up against, many times saving us time and aggravation.
This portion of scripture, Jeremiah 6:16 NET, points out that very idea– “The LORD said to his people: ‘You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.’”
Those old reliable paths are the instructions. . .
God has revealed to us through the Bible. Along with the instructions come examples of experience and the eventual outcomes where choices to follow God were involved. Knowing the stories can help us develop what path we would like to take.
There are times when what God says doesn’t line up with our sensibilities. We don’t understand, or maybe even, we don’t trust God’s word in certain circumstances. It’s like that day on the freeway. It just didn’t make sense to exit until I saw what was avoided. Lucky for me, the navigator app with its insight had directed my path. It’s that way with God. His ways do not always seem right to us at the time but they can be trusted. They are reliable. He sees the big picture. He knows how things will turn out. And if we just listen and follow. . .
God will lead us to peace.
Indeed, my plans are not like your plans,
and my deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth,
so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NET
Guide me in the path of your commands, for I delight to walk in it.
Psalm 119:35 NET
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Patty your comments are so true for our everyday living. These words from our scripture never wear out nor do they get out of date. So precious! Thank you and many Blessings,
Thank you, Wanda.
This is exactly why reading and immersing ourselves in the Bible are so critical in order to be able to face the trials, and loss of direction, that come our way. Wonderfully expressed here, Patty!
Thanks. I think reading and immersing in the Bible also teaches us to recognize God when He speaks. We never want to miss His guiding words.
No, never do we want to miss a word He says to us! I’ve started a series on my blog, based upon what my husband recently went through, that touches on how God does speak to us in so many ways. Hope you will catch some of the Tuesday/Friday posts at https://marthaorlando.blogspot.com
I’ll take a look. Thanks!
I love this, Patty! There are times I do wish God gave us a “navigation system” telling us what’s ahead and how to proceed, but I realize that my faith wouldn’t grow, and I wouldn’t always like what’s ahead and would try to make my own path. Great post and great message! Thank you!
Love how your personal experience navigated us straight to the Word. Becoming familiar with His higher ways will help us not to question His guidance as often and will help us avoid any danger that may lie ahead. Thank you for posting, Patty!