Have you ever asked the Lord to reveal His plans for your future? Perhaps you’re facing a serious problem and you wonder how the situation can possibly work out – most of us have at one time or another.
It’s a natural thing to want to know all the answers; to understand how it’s all going to work out; and fully comprehend exactly what’s happening and why. But, that’s not how God works.
In fact, God works exactly like a GPS… the ubiquitous GPS that’s in everything from our cars, planes, and ships to our cell phones and smart tablets. We need to find a friend’s house or a vacation spot across the country so we faithfully follow every direction our GPS gives us. I’ve been thinking that we should conduct our spiritual lives by the directions of our spiritual “GPS” (God’s Positioning System).
In a 2002 Space Science article, John F. Graham made an interesting statement about GPS that, with only a few small changes, absolutely applies to our daily walk with Christ. He said,
“One hazard of human existence is being geographically lost, which can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. The ability to know one’s position was considerably enhanced on February 22, 1978, when members of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Space Division based in Los Angeles, California, launched the first NAVSTAR (Navigation Satellite with Timing and Ranging) satellite in the Global Positioning System (GPS). This satellite-based navigation system enables users anywhere on Earth to determine their location to a high degree of accuracy.”
Now just make a few changes and think about God’s Positioning System. I say,
“One hazard of human existence is being spiritually lost, which can sometimes mean the difference between spiritual life and death. The ability to know one’s position was considerably enhanced on day one, when Almighty God Himself launched the promise of God’s Positioning System (GPS). This prayer-based navigation system enables users anywhere on Earth to determine their spiritual location to a perfect degree of accuracy.”
The next time you ask your GPS for directions, notice that it only gives you the next turn – not complete directions for the entire trip. It says stuff like, “in a quarter of a mile turn left.” When we don’t know what to do we should listen to God’s Positioning System when it says, “In the next few days trust your heavenly Father… He knows what He’s doing.”
If God laid out the entire process of our lives with all the twists and turns, all the trials and all the blessings, we’d be overwhelmed. So, the Father in His infinite wisdom only gives us what we need to get to the next turn. Our only responsibility is to listen to His instructions every day and follow His directions. This is what is called “trusting faith.”
Give it a try. The next time you don’t know what to do, pray. Tell the Lord all you need is His directions for the next few minutes – then the next few minutes – and the next few minutes after that. Like Mr. Graham said, (with my small changes),
“This prayer-based navigation system enables users anywhere on Earth to determine their spiritual location to a perfect degree of accuracy.”
I’d rather be in His will and following His perfect directions than anywhere else…
You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. Nehemiah 9:19
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5–6
Think about it… and check your GPS!