(Today I close out the week with another good devotional from my wife, Sonja.)
Do you remember taking trips when you had to use a map? David would buy a map and plot our course using a yellow marker. Then I would navigate and tell him which highways or interstates to look for. Sometimes I would misread it or we would be distracted by something and we would miss the turn. Often we would be miles down the road before we discovered our mistake.
I am so thankful for GPS systems. If you know your destination, getting there is as simple as programming in the address and driving until you arrive. If you mess up or miss a turn, the GPS calls your attention to it immediately and alerts you to turn around. At that point, you can either turn around, or ignore the voice and turn off the GPS thinking that you know better and can find your destination on your own. (If you’re in a strange city that would not be advisable!)
The children of Israel kept turning off the GPS – also known as the Holy Spirit – and God was just amazed. Through the prophet Jeremiah He says, “When people fall down don’t they get up again? When they start down the wrong road and discover their mistake, don’t they turn back?” (Jer. 8:4 NLT)
So many times in life, God’s voice speaks to our hearts and warns us to turn back from the path we are choosing. We often ignore the voice and keep going, thinking we know best and can figure it out on our own. But to do so will only lead us further and further from where we need to be. Eventually, we will come to the realization that we are lost and on the path of self-destruction.
How much better it is when we heed the correction of the Lord! Then we can say with the Psalmist David, “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence.” (Ps. 16:11)
That’s worth turning around for!