We were driving through Arkansas on the way back to Louisiana. The four of us guys were starving, and we were going to have lunch with our friends that were in a separate car. I was driving, and the passengers had their phones out trying to find the nearest place to eat. “How about Popeye’s? It’s only two miles away.” One of my friends asked. I told him to insert the address on his iPhone GPS.
The system took us down the highway and directed us to an exit. We went down the route, and we see a run down gas station and an abandoned restaurant. The GPS then told us to get back on the highway. As soon as we got on the road, we heard “You have arrived.” We looked, and there was noting but trees, cars, and asphalt.
It felt like that we were the main stars in a comedy movie. We later ate at another place, and we were hoping that Ashton Kutcher would come out and say that we have been punked. That didn’t happen, and we realized that the GPS didn’t know where to go.
We use our iPhones to guide us. We ask constantly ask Siri to find the nearest gas station or coffee shop. We even just ask random questions like, How tall is the Hoover Dam? Seriously, people have done that. Sometimes technology fails us because Siri doesn’t understand our accents, our pronunciation of words, and sometimes our questions.
Proverbs 23:19 states this: “Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.” This passage states that God wants us to guide our hearts. He wants us to drive it to the way as it says in scripture. Now, what is the way? What is our destination we are supposed to reach?
If we go down to verse 26, it states, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” That is the way. Our destination in our walks with God is to let ourselves go and be like him. The way we get there by reading his word, fasting our favorite dish or Netflix series to strengthen our spiritual bodies, and having fellowship with others. We hear his voice calling out directions, but what if we miss our exit?
In John 14:26 Jesus told his disciples this, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jesus gave us many commandments in his word, and sometimes we forget them. We forget to pray, or we forget to read our daily devotion, thus leading us off course. When we give him our heart, we let his spirit take over. Just like our GPS, he will bring us back on track in our relationship with him.
When we put in the address of our destination, we follow the way. We follow God’s way for us. We get off track and sometimes are confused, but He is not the author of confusion, but of peace for all of us. God gave us a way to get back, and it’s through his spirit, and it’s available for us all. All he is saying is “Follow my lead.”
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