by Nancy Kay Grace @NancyKayGrace
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 NIV
Have you ever gotten to the wrong destination when using a GPS? Occasionally I’ve been sent astray while trusting the voice of an unknown person dictating directions from the car’s GPS.
Like the time when I traveled to speak to a women’s group at a church, and ended up on a steep, rocky, hilly road. At the end of the wooded road were two signs: “No Trespassing” and “Beware of Guard Dog.” The voice informed me, “You have arrived at your destination.”
Hmm, this was not the church I looked for.
And then there was the time when my husband and I were looking for an address in a suburban area. We expected to make a turn onto another street, but instead we were guided to a cul-de-sac with no outlet. We listened for the next direction.
The voice stated: “Park your car and walk to the destination.” The map indicated the destination was in nearby trees. We laughed and were confused. No, we didn’t get out and walk. After reloading the same address, we were directed to the correct house several blocks away.
In both of those scenarios, I eventually got to my desired destination, although I felt frustrated and the travel took longer.
It is easy to get off track when we listen to the wrong voice. Even when that voice sounds convincing, sometimes it leads us astray. With so much noise in today’s culture, it is harder to hear and heed God’s voice.
I desire God to direct me, especially in such uncertain times. I can easily fall in discontentment or discouragement. In order to be open to God’s ways, I have to intentionally quiet my mind and tune my heart to the Word of God. Thankfully, the Spirit nudges me to seek the Lord for guidance.
King David wrote, “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV).
When I turn to the Lord, he settles my heart with true hope.
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9 NIV). To become humble, I need to look in my heart to see if anything is hindering me from hearing the Lord, and confess it to God.
Is there discontentment? Bitterness? Hurt feelings? I am reminded to confess those hindrances of spirit to God, allowing Him clear the way for His guidance.
“For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Who, then, is the one that fears the Lord: He will instruct him in the way chosen for him” (Psalm 25: 11-12 NIV). The Lord promises guidance for us when we seek him with our whole heart.
We won’t be lead astray when we tune our heart to hear Him, not the voice of the culture. The journey may take longer because of God’s timing, and there may valuable faith lessons for us to learn along the way. But God leads us when we seek Him.
Will we listen, watch, and follow?
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About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is a redeemed perfectionist who is learning to trust God’s voice more, and the GPS less. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God’s grace in our lives. Please visit https://www.nancykaygrace.com to sign up for the monthly GraceNotes devotional newsletter.
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