And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:20-21
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist using a Relient K reference.) If you are like me, you like to know where you’re going. This is why I love having a GPS on my phone. As convenient and helpful as it is, it’s not always precise with its guidance. I have lost count of how many times I have “arrived at my destination”, but I couldn’t find it. I usually end up going around at least once before I find the place. Got to love technology. It will help you initially, but ultimately leaves you high and dry, right?
With life, there have been plenty of times where I felt lost, and I really needed help finding my way. Of course instead of doing the accurate or high tech way, I would pick the fallible yet easy way: I asked people for directions.
Now there is nothing wrong with asking people for directions. This is especially true if you happen to be in India where they don’t name roads but base directions off of landmarks and local eateries.
The problem comes when I rely solely on people for my directions. Even if they have my best interests at heart, that’s not the best thing to do. Do you want to know why? They don’t know my destination.
There is only one Person who knows where my destination is even if I don’t. Now that is kind of scary if you ask me. Don’t worry. He didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. He left us the greatest map that even Google couldn’t surpass. It’s God’s Holy Word. That might sound like a cliché answer, but it is the truth.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible contains so many answers for our lives. It’s really mind-boggling to realize that God specifically knew what to put into black and white thousands of years ago that would still be applicable for us here and now.
Along with reading God’s Word, don’t forget the other detrimental piece to the puzzle: prayer. Before you even open up a passage, ask God for openness, discernment, and humility of the heart and mind as you absorb His words. Before you start reading a map, you have to hold it and look at it the right way. Before you even realize it, when you face forks, intersections, or even ditches on the road of life, you will hear that soft voice of the Lord, and He will guide you.
You won’t recognize that voice overnight, but once you do…Oh MY! You will no sooner forget His voice than the voice of your own mother. Also don’t expect Him to answer the same way each time. Another thing I’ve learned through the years is that God can be creative with the way He answers. As believers, we can most certainly say that our lives never stay boring. Haha!
If you’re feeling lost and don’t know where to turn, ask God (the best GPS ever) to help guide you as you read His map (the Bible). He is the only one who knows where you need to go next. Regardless of where you may end up, just enjoy the journey.