Back in the day, many of us have turned off onto the side of the road because we were lost or had missed a turn. Once we got our bearings and knew where we were supposed to go, we got back on the road and continued on our way. I have been in this situation, too.
Years before there was a GPS, I have been lost several times, and the only thing that helped me was to trace my steps and to start over. Repeatedly, I would check the landmarks and street signs to decide that I had already been a certain way before. As a result, I didn’t go that way again because I knew it would lead me down the wrong path.
Not wanting to get lost or turned around again, I avoided the wrong paths that I had already been down. Unfortunately, when asking others the way, I was often more lost than I was from the start! This taught me the importance of knowing the way, for myself, or only traveling with those who knew the way. Even so, there would be times that they would not be there to guide me.
These days, thankfully, we have a GPS to help us get to most places. I say “most”, because it has led me to the wrong place before. After all, it is a computer program.
Unlike a GPS, when we consider traveling the pathway of life, the Word of God is always there to guide us. Not only will the Bible guide us physically, but it will guide us spiritually. For instance, the Bible will instruct us about how to avoid certain pathways.
The Bible will also bring to our attention that we are on the right road. It will also inform us that we are heading toward a dead end, or that we are completely lost and going the wrong way. Better than a GPS, we can use God’s Word to guide us down the correct roads in life.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
In the moments that we choose to guide our own way, and the unfamiliar territories of life arise, it can be emotionally draining. Not only this, it can also be confusing, time consuming, costly financially, and even life-threatening! Such are the results of choosing to navigate our own lives and relying on our own intellect. Even when we make a wrong turn, we can, immediately, change course and begin following God’s instructions.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him now while He is near.”Isaiah 55:6
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'”Psalm 32:8
In closing, not leaning to our own understanding is a growing process. When we know better, we do better, and it can all begin by pursuing God through investing in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Thereby, we will learn to desire the Word of Truth and all that it says. We will also reverence the instruction of God more and grow stronger in walking in it.
“Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”Proverbs 3:6