I am so thankful for my Garmin GPS. All I have to do is type in an address and it gives me turn by turn directions to get to my destination. It will tell me what lane to be in and the name of the street I am supposed turn at and even the distance I must travel in order to get to the next change in direction. If for some reason I miss a turn, it will give me new directions to get back on track. One more feature that is included is a little checkered flag that marks out my final destination. My Garmin has kept me from getting lost so many times when I am traveling in unfamiliar territory.
Getting to the checkered flag is our goal in the Christian life. The final destination for God’s people is arriving at the Father’s House. If we place our faith in Jesus Christ God’s Son we are assured a safe arrival in heaven. But until we get to that checkered flag we need to navigate in a world with confusing roads, dangerous curves and even a few dead ends. God not only assures us of a safe arrival in heaven He also helps us with the trip. 2 Thess. 3:5 tells us: “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ”. Proverbs 3:5,6 encourages us with these words: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths”. God has not left us down here without proper navigation tools. We have the Word of God and the Spirit of God to help us steer our lives through the maze of decisions and choices we must make on a daily basis.
I wonder if we are trusting His wisdom, and acknowledging His rights to control our lives. If we turn over the steering wheel to our gracious Lord, we will not only arrive at the checkered flag, but we will also have the most wonderful God-directed trip you can imagine.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation