If you’ve ever gotten caught in a strange city during rush hour, you know how easily frustration and that sense of being out of control can quickly overwhelm you. Your grip tightens on the wheel as you struggle to figure out where you are. You sense your blood pressure rise as you realize you’re headed in the wrong direction. You can’t stop. You can’t change lanes. You’re stuck. You can follow the throng, but who knows where those crazy drivers will lead you or if you can get back to familiar territory? If you can relate, then you know how having a GPS can save the day or relieve your temporary insanity. It helps you refocus and get back on track.
The economy, health concerns, relationships and other circumstances often push us into life’s traffic jams and take us down roads we’d not choose on our own. I’ve been there and you have, too, but have you ever thought about the Bible as the Lord’s GPS (God’s Pointer System)? Not only can it identify my current position, but it also provides exactly what I need (emotionally, physically and spiritually) to get back on course.
When I lose my way, become confused, or even discouraged about the negatives in life, the Bible offers me His correction, instruction and encouragement. Although it’s critical to spend regular time reading and studying the Scriptures, I think it’s also important to realize this may not always be enough. When life’s traffic gets me in a bind, I need to recognize it and my need to pull out the GPS. Then as I submit to His words, my frustration begins to melt and my grip relaxes. My blood pressure returns to normal, and I begin to experience His peace. The circumstances may remain unchanged, but I’ve allowed God to restore control. Will I always understand what path I’m on? Probably not, but I can trust the one who allowed it. In fact, I tried it again today and it worked!
So the next time you’re stuck in traffic, think about the Lord’s GPS and trust Him to guide you in the paths of righteousness.