Friday, June 30, 2017

GPS


GPS (Global Positioning System) is a relatively new device that looks to the skies and satellites for directions while traveling. It is a wonderful concept I think you would a agree. Yet even when I am driving with audible GPS on my smart phone, I make mistakes. I hear “Seri” say, recalculating and then “turn around and go back to last exit” or something like that. I might say, I don’t think so and she will say, recalculating again. I must say that I have found directions many a time with this help. Only occasionally has it led me on a wrong route. But let me change this concept a little to GPS meaning “God’s Positioning System.” 

GPS with God is His Word, the Bible. In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). A similar way to express this thought in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” These admonitions are telling us that God is sovereign and will direct our course. The key is that we must be seeking Him as Proverbs 3:4-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path (make your path straight, smooth).” Here Scripture is saying that we must always seek God in our life first before proceeding. I will have to say that I don’t always do this, especially in small things. I just proceed and if things get off course I seek God in prayer. God would say, “pray continually.” I have slowly grown wise as David Roper puts it in his book of the same name about the Bible Book of James. Jeremiah 10:23 says, “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own, it is not for man to direct his steps.”  This “God-Speaker” goes on in a familiar passage to say, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity…and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile” (Jeremiah 29:11-14). Yes, God will guide us as we seek him with our whole heart. He wants us wholly devoted and obedient to his word and will.

The Psalmist says to God, “Guide me in your truth and teach me” (Psalm 25:5) and in Psalm 73:24, “You will guide me with your counsel.” It is the Lord who directs and guides our steps in His way, the truth if we will seek and submit. There is the key. We must trust and obey for there is no other way. I suspect you have heard this admonition. I know that this is not easy, because life often leads us through the “valley of the shadow of death” as Psalm 23 tells us. But it says we are walking and we are getting through with His rod and staff directing and delivering us, so fear not and follow.


For many years I travelled the United States as a consultant teaching Boards of Directors and leaders of hospitals on planning. I had many steps on visioning and mission. But it was only as I had found the Lord as Savior and Guide that I began to teach God’s Word as the director. The Bible has been the guidebook for our nation since its founding, but we seem to be forgetting its Words because they are uncompromising and relativity is our God. The other way to say that is self not God. Jesus made it so clear in John 14:6 saying, “I am the Way the Truth and the Life.” The Apostle Paul would call it the “most excellent way” in 1 Corinthians 12:31. So when you seek GPS, make it God’s.

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