We seemed to take the wrong turn every time. We had Lola (my GPS) but she was confusing us and we were obviously easily confused. Karen and I were on unfamiliar roads and what seemed natural to us was not the best way. Lola had mapped a plan. She knew where we needed to be. But, when she said turn here we turned there almost every time.
One thing about Lola…she can take me on what seems to be the long way. She and I often argue on the best way, the quickest way. She’s persistent. She re-calculates over and over while I am arguing and trying my way. Sounds like our lives doesn’t it?
As we pull out some spiritual principles from our scriptures above, we get the opportunity to ask God, “What are you teaching in these verses?”
Barricade the road…The Psalmist made several bold requests and we see a great example of this one in the book of Acts. The Holy Spirit blocked Paul and Silas from the path they chose and redirected their journey. “Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not let them go.” (16:7, NLT) We can ask the Holy Spirit to throw up the barricade. God’s desire is to help us. Our desire must be to accept His help. Believe me, Lola told us to “turn around when possible” many times.
Clear revelation…God does speak to those who will listen. He will make the path clear. God has made some promises on this. “A person plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NET and I love this one in Isaiah 30:21 NLT,
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”
We have a choice…Just as the Psalmist committed to run the course if the Holy Spirit will show him how, we must make the same promise. Life is full of choices. So many roads, so many opportunities. That’s why the next point is crucial. We must…
Pay attention to the signs…You know the old saying, “If I had a penny for…” well, if I had a penny for every time Lary said I wouldn’t get lost if I would read the signs we would have a nice little vacation fund. Our Bible is the Christian’s “life” atlas. I heard Joyce Meyer say that when people tell her God doesn’t speak to them like He does her she asks, “You don’t have a Bible?” I think The Message describes knowing what’s in our Bible and how it applies to our life beautifully, “I post your road signs at every curve an corner.”
The road to nowhere seems so easy to travel – no expectations or commitments. But for me, God has placed this yearning, this urge to travel somewhere with Him. Like a magnet, I am pulled toward Him. The closer I get to walking out His plan, the stronger that pull feels.
How about you? Are you feeling the tug of God’s magnetic field? Do you have a “somewhere” you and God are traveling towards? I would love for you to share.
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