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Map From Above
I hate being lost! Being unsure of where I should turn next is one of the things in life that drives me crazy. I need to have direction behind the wheel. If you are anything like me there may have been a time or two in your life, where you felt like you had no direction. Now as you and I both know, as men being lost is not something that is supposed to happen to us, and it’s a problem that we are definitely not supposed to stop to ask anyone about. But honestly I have been there. I have found myself at a place in my life where I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t know where to go. Now what?
Well just like most of you, I used the two most common things to help me find where I needed to go next: others and myself. But more often than not I have found that when those are the only two places I look to help me get back on track or find my next move, I end up more lost and more confused. So what is the answer? Who should we pull over for to ask directions from?
Look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 8:10-11 “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
Hearing from God about where you and I should go next and what we should do when we get there, is worth more to us than that next great stock tip from a buddy. God wants to give us direction, wants to show us on the map of life what the next turn should be. The question is, “will we ask by going to His Word?” Now I can hear some of you now, “I have tried to go to the Bible, but half the time I can’t understand what it’s saying and half the time it doesn’t speak to the situation that I am in.” Well I have a verse for you. Luke 24:45 says, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” This verse is speaking about what Jesus had to do to get His own disciples to understand what they were reading in God’s Word and if Jesus had to open the minds of the guys that hung out with Him everyday for three years, how much more should you and I go to Him and prayer and ask the same thing for our own minds! We need to pray and ask Him for understanding and wisdom. The Bible talks about our heavenly Father being one that wants to give good gifts to His kids, and that if we go to Him to ask for wisdom, He will give it to us liberally and without reproach.
So we prayed for understanding and we’ve gone to God’s Word and received the direction and wisdom that we needed, what’s next? James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (NIV) I don’t like being lied to and I definitely don’t want to lie to myself. But that is exactly what the Bible says we are doing if we hear (or read) God’s Word and then choose not to do it. That would be like suffering through the frustration of being lost while driving. Finally making the decision to swallow our pride and pull over for directions, receiving the correct turn that we are suppose to make, and then deciding to purposefully keep driving the wrong way (only to get more lost) just doesn’t make sense. Once we receive the direction we have been looking for it’s up to us to choose to make the correct turn. It’s up to us to choose to do what God tells us to do.