Recently I was on the way to a meeting. It was in an unfamiliar part of my home town. Not really being sure where I was going, I decided that it would be best to at least have some idea as to getting there.
Now I will openly admit to not being quite up to speed when it comes to technology. A major part of me is still stuck in the past. And for the record there will always be that part of me that will not progress into this new age of technology.
At least for this occasion I did decide to try something new. New for me let me add. I actually used my GPS to lead me to my meeting. GPS of course stands for Global Positioning System. I have to admit; using the GPS did in fact get me to my destination. I was truthfully hesitant at first to try something new. A part of me as well was inclined to believe that it would not work and that I could just go about the business of doing it my way.
Certainly this era of technology is one that is seemingly making things in our lives easier. As much as anything what I am finding at this point in my life is that it is important to come to terms with the fact that in life it is better to work smarter than it is to work harder.
With all that we have at our finger tips via this age of technology, we can in fact find ourselves in a position in our day to day living to be able to make life much better for us as well as making our lives easier. It has been said that while progress is enviable, the acceptance and embracement of it is up to each individual.
As I continue to slowly come of age with technology I found myself thinking about the concept of GPS in a different manor. My thoughts turned to thinking about GPS from the aspect of our Christian lives. What would our GPS be within our daily lives as Christians?
My immediate thoughts turned to what might GPS stand for? I have thought about GPS as follows: God’s Preferred System.
The very first thing that we would plug into with God’s GPS would of course be the bible. Psalms 119:105 declares that his word is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. Each day that we go forth into the world we will face many different challenges. Our daily journey will indeed find us following paths that will at times find us unsure of what or where we are heading. But knowing that we can look to the Lord’s word that shines a light directing us, we then can be assured that we indeed are on the right road.
As we follow this light via our heavenly father’s GPS we do so with a commitment to trust in Him, knowing to lean not on our understanding. I am reminded of those lyrics from that old gospel classic. “Lead me; guide me, along the way. For if you lead me I cannot stray.”
God’s GPS, his preferred system is flawless. It is not so complicated that it would be beyond the reach of any of us. Access to our heavenly father’s GPS is such that if we are willing to seek him while he can be found, and then to call upon him while he is near, then ours will be a path following in the footprints of righteousness. His nearness it has been said is merely a prayer away.
The GPS of God is such that be it past, present or future those who chose to have the Lord to order their steps will find that though the road at times may appear to be narrow, and perhaps may seem to be a road less traveled, we know that we know that because of who God is, and who we place our trust and faith in, we have that blessed assurance that where he leads, yes, we will follow, and we will follow him all the way.
GPS…God’s Preferred System: Who greater is there than He who is from everlasting to everlasting, what a privilege it is to know that in God we can trust Him to lead and guide us on this road of our Christian journey.
To God be the Glory
Alan T. Black