Last week, I went on a road trip to deliver and complete the sale of a vehicle. According to Google Maps, my destination was a five-hour drive. My dad followed behind for the transportation back home.
The evening before, I had checked my computer, finding there were three possible routes with similar travel times. I wanted the one which had no tolls, appeared would have less traffic, and was the most direct from point A to point B.
As I crossed into a bordering state, I pulled over because the live navigation on my smartphone was directing me on a different route than the course I intended. After a roadside consultation with dad and an explanation of my preference, we headed off on my desired route. As we drove on, I found my selected path had miles of road construction and detours. Dad had gently suggested we follow Google’s navigation course but yielded to my choice and followed behind.
While we drove the twists and turns of detours, my Heavenly Father provided a vivid analogy for me. In a quiet whisper, I heard, “This is what life is like, it’s a long road trip. People can trust me to map the best course. The navigation system I provide is the Bible. My word provides live turn-by-turn guidance through life for those who trust me. Or like you’re doing, they can ignore the assistance offered and take a route of their own choosing. I will yield, like your dad, because I am gentle, and I have given mankind free will. The latter option involves consequences. There may be some rough life detours and delays. There may be unfulfilled goals due to lost time and missed opportunities.”
“Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. . . and whenever you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: ‘This is the way. Walk in it,’ ” (Isaiah 30:18, 21).
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come,” (John 16:13).
“I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you,” (Psalm 32:8-9).
My five-hour drive stretched into six hours, further emphasizing the perfect illustration. How about you, do you try to steer through life on your own? Do you daily seek wisdom and guidance to stay on course for the current stretch of life’s road trip? Are there necessary adjustments to be in obedience and sync with God’s instructions?
Dear Father God, purge mule-like stubbornness from me, cleanse me from selfish attitudes that insist on “my way” as those are an affront to Your holiness. Lord Jehovah, give me a keen sense of recognition to Your voice so that I obey Your instructions without hesitation.
Father, thank You for being wise, gentle, and gracious with me. Thank You for providing us with eternal guidance through Your word and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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