I’ll admit it: I have no sense of direction. Whether I’m referencing a location as “north” (when it’s south) or attempting to navigate a new city, I lack the intuitive ability to get from Point A to Point B. It’s for this reason that I am so grateful for a GPS to help me get from where I am to where I need to be. I simply plug in my desired destination, and instantly, I have turn-by-turn directions to get me there. Since, left on my own, I’d most likely find myself lost. The same is true in our spiritual journey.
I have a friend who is facing some major life decisions – and needing to know if he’s supposed to go left, go right or stay put. By the world’s standards, he’s done his homework: objectively looked at the options and considered the financial and career potential. However, that’s where the world’s wisdom ends. As believers, we have the great ability to engage another GPS, a “God Positioning System.” As the ultimate GPS, He knows where we are, where we need to go and the traffic congestion that we’ll encounter along the way. But what does that look like?
- PRAY. James 1:5 tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” This is a huge encouragement for me. I rest in the knowledge that God is up for offering insight and direction anytime and anywhere and as often as I need it. So, spend time in prayer; talk openly to God and ask Him to direct your path.
- WISE COUNSEL. God has placed people in your life. Of them, which do you see as mature in their faith? These are the ones you ask to pray for you and your situation, and the ones that will offer you unbiased, God-discerned counsel. These are the people in your life that have God’s best interest at heart and will tell you so – even if it’s surprisingly not what you expected your “friend” to share with you. Proverbs 15:22 says “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”
- Finally, LISTEN. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, do what it says.” This is the hardest part of utilizing the God Positioning System. When He gives direction, you have to take it. In the Bible, we see men and women that needed direction, heard from God and then had a choice: take His way or take their own way. We see successful stories (Abraham, Moses, Noah) and not-so successful stories (Jonah). God is not a god of contradiction. So, earnestly pray, seek counsel and then listen to what God is telling you and act on it.
It’s our nature to want to make decisions on our own; to survey the situation and variables and make the best call based on the information available. The trouble is: it’s us making the decision. I remember once thinking I knew the way from our home to a nearby city. Shawna, my wife, asked if I wanted to plug in the destination into our GPS, but I was certain I knew the way. Two hours out of our way, I was ready to admit I was wrong. Here’s the encouragement: God is available, willing, able and tirelessly at the ready to be your GPS – to get you from where you are to where He wants you be. So, will you engage Him?