Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Destination

If you own a GPS (global positioning system) you have experienced a love/ hate relationship with an inanimate object. You rely on a device to direct you to a necessary address. In full confidence you proceed in obedience to a voice you have no idea how it is generated. You trust in something which you do not have a relationship with. The relationship with your plastic/metal object is purely conditional. If it steers you correctly you love it and cherish it. If it lands you at the wrong place you get angry. You feel defeated at being lost with no clue as to how to get where you need to be. You may toss it in the back seat or possibly out the window! Perhaps like me your device has told you that you have arrived at your destination. You look out your car window to see an abandoned building or a dead end road. The "voice" keeps repeating, "You have arrived at your destination." You know you are lost.
We humans have the tendency to rely on the wrong voices to steer us where we think we need to be. Perhaps family, friends, or even a spouse can tell us we need to head in various directions that do not take us where we truly need to be. So where do we go when the voices of so many sound right? Where do we turn when an inner voice tells us to go a particular way but the popular vote tells us to go down another path?
Those who listen for directions from heaven won't get lost by this world's distractions. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has plans for us and they are good. Proverbs 3:5-6 says that when we trust God and acknowledge His ways, He will direct our paths. Isaiah 30:21, "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."
The voice you and I need to heed is God's. The directions and destination may be unfamiliar but they lead us to the exact spot we need to be. Obey the One who's voice that is never wrong!