You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,
“This is the correct way, walk in it,”
whether you are heading to the right or the left. (Isaiah 30:21)
I’m directionally challenged. I’ve been lost in Spain, China, Panama City, the Fijian jungle and the Canadian ocean, to name only some of the places. To travel with me is to spend significant blocks of time puzzling over our location.
Enter GPS mapping technology. Thank you Jesus. Somewhere in the unseen space above, satellites beam location data to my smartphone. A pleasant voice says, “Turn right in five hundred feet.” Whether I’m on land or sea I know where I am and where to go.
We also have a GPS for life—the Holy Spirit. Like my phone, the Spirit is always with me here on earth but he stays in communion with my Father in heaven and relays love and direction to my heart. It’s possible for me to navigate life with perfect serenity.
The arrangement breaks down because I use the wrong communication protocol. Rather than hear an audible voice, I must strain my entire being toward him. He wants to infuse who he is into my life. The best way I know to absorb him is to saturate myself with Scripture.
Without the Holy Spirit I can’t understand the Bible and without the objective truth of the Bible, I listen to the wrong spirits. I need both working together—the quickening of the Holy Spirit and the grounding of the written Word of God.
I would have expected God’s GPS to give me directions like, “In one year there will be an obstacle of death of a loved one, so get ready, and in a month you’ll turn right onto job change boulevard.” Instead, the stream I receive is, “I love you, I’m with you, peace, joy, you are mine, turn left now, I love you.” My life plans are only revealed on a need to know basis, and mostly, I don’t need to know because my gracious Father is in control, not me.
God’s main message repeated to my simple heart is, “I love you.” When I receive that, I find I know where I’m going, to whom I belong, and what to do in the next moment.
Prayer: Sweet Holy Spirit, help me receive your stream of guiding love.