by Terri Clark @TerriClarkTCM
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105 NIV
Since Global Positioning Systems (GPS), have become so common, nearly everyone has one in their phone or built into their car. These systems are so sophisticated; the nice lady’s voice can guide you to just about anywhere. And if you accidentally take a wrong turn or exit, it’s okay, she’ll just recalculate and guide you around to the correct road and back onto the right path again.
My friend Paula and her sister were on a road trip in Maine. Her sister drove, and Paula navigated with the help of her phone’s GPS. They were driving at night and didn’t want to try to add the hotel as a destination in the dark, so they decided to use both of their phones. Paula set her sister’s phone with the directions through the city, then set her own phone with the hotel directions. The first GPS successfully directed them all the way through the city. Paula then switched phones, activating her phone’s GPS for the pre-set directions to their hotel.
After passing through the city, the lady in the phone directed them to take the exit, so they did. Paula thought it weird that they would be exiting so soon, because the picture on her GPS said the turn was still another mile and a half down the road—but they obediently followed to oral directions.
As soon as they took the exit, the lady guided them around and back onto the highway. Once on the highway, she told them to take the exit again—and they did. Then again, as soon as they exited, they were guided back onto the highway. It happened three times. On the fourth time, as her sister was obediently about to get back on, Paula shouted, “Don’t do it! Just pull into this gas station, so we can see where we are!”
Once under the light, Paula could see her sister’s phone in her lap, right under the one she was holding. She had forgotten to end the navigation to the town after passing through it, so the first GPS kept trying to take them back to the city. The two GPS’s had the exact same voice; they thought they were both coming from the phone in her hand.
The competing voices had them driving in circles.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had competing voices trying to take me in circles as well. Sometimes we all just need some clear guidance. It might be in relationship choices, work related decisions, or family matters. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which voice to listen to and which way to go. There are a lot of voices coming at us at the same time and they can all sound pretty convincing.
In order to get on the right road, I’ve had to get into the light of God’s Word. The Bible is God’s GPS (God’s Positioning System). Psalm 119:105 NIV says; “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s Word is His voice, and it brings clarity. When you’re in need of guidance, no matter what your situation, He has the answer.
I don’t mean to sound trite, but if we are Christ Followers, so we need to follow Him—learn of Him and have His heart for His people. We do that by listening to His voice and following His instructions. He will never lead us astray. So, today, switch off the conflicting voices, get out God’s Word, His GPS, and listen to the only voice who will lead you in the right direction to a blessed life.
About the author: Terri Clark works with women to prepare and equip them to receive God and the blessings He wants to produce in their lives. She began to answer God’s call on her life in 1994 and has since impacted women all over the world with His news of salvation, edification, and healing.
Her book, Fanning the Flame: Reigniting Your Faith in God, identifies and addresses the issues which most affect a believer’s spiritual flame: the busyness of life, Christian service, pride, and worldly temptations. Join her in this pilgrimage and reignite your spiritual lamp with a fresh, empowering faith–a faith that will stand through a time of testing.
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