Directionally Challenged

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV).

Are you directionally challenged? Someone in my extended family once took five-hours to drive to the airport – usually a two-hour trip! After that incident I managed to persuade the family member to buy a GPS!

While a GPS device helps the directionally challenged get from point A to point B, it can’t help us navigate through life. Yet despite this reality scores of people journey through life not knowing where they’re going or how to get there.

Being directionally challenged in life can be fatal. “You may think you are on the right road and still end up dead” Proverbs 14:12 (CEV).

From God’s perspective we’re all directionally challenged and all need someone to show us the way. If we’re honest, we all know that. But will we admit it and will we ask for directions?

Most of the people mentioned in our history books were as directionally challenged as we are today. How did they try to navigate through life? Some of them made things to help them. They made idols from wood, silver and gold – senseless inanimate objects that could do no harm or good.

With all the so-called advances being made in society we’re still no different to the generations of people who preceded us. We write self-help books, listen to motivational speakers, or rely on science, artificial intelligence and technology. Our idols are crafted by philosophers, scholars, engineers, politicians and activists; yet they ultimately disappoint us because (if we’re truthful) they don’t compare to the greatness of God and all He’s made.

Are you directionally challenged? To get where you should be going you must recognize that you can’t run your own life. In short, we need God’s Positioning System (Jeremiah 10:23). And the first step to getting God’s Positioning System is to humbly and prayerfully recognize that our lives are not our own and ask Him to take charge (Jeremiah 10:24).

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