About three weeks ago, Joe decided to go golfing with some of his buddies. They headed down to North Myrtle Beach for four days, but Joe wanted to stay longer. He made arrangements for the men to drive his vehicle back to town, and he remained at the beach. I drove my car down, and we spent the rest of the week, soaking up the sun. But, like most situations, there is more to the story. It is a seven-hour drive for me to get to North Myrtle Beach, and the thoughts of having to drive for such a long time by myself was not very appealing. I plugged in my destination into my phone on an app called WAZE. It is a social media app where other drivers alert you to traffic, construction, potholes, vehicles on the side of the road, and if there are police ahead. I was all set, and I was going to arrive about 6:00 pm that night.
I decided to fill my time by listening to audiobooks, and that worked for a little while. But, it wasn’t long before I got bored and my mind was starting to drift. I had only been on the road for about an hour when I decided to call a friend. We talked and talked, and occasionally I would glance down at the phone to make sure that I was on the right path. Because I was relying on my phone to guide me, I wasn’t paying any attention to the signs on the road. Joe called me and asked where I was at the moment. I waited until I saw a sign and then I told him the name of the town. He sounded confused and said that he didn’t remember a town that sounded like that along the way. I looked back down at my phone and told him how many more miles it was to a city that we knew was on the way. Once he was satisfied, we hung up, but then I noticed something that looked wrong. When I had been talking to my friend earlier, the phone had said that I was the exact same mileage away from the same town. My app had frozen!
I reset the phone and pulled the app back up. When it calculated where I was, I learned that I had driven 30 miles farther than I should have and I had to turn around and backtrack. My little foo-pah had cost me an extra hour, and I was now slated to arrive at 7:00 pm.
Has this ever happened to you? You can be traveling on what you thought was the right path, but because you were distracted, you find that you have made a wrong turn. I feel like this when it comes to my faith also. I find that I will get into “auto-pilot” mode, and by the time that I notice that things don’t seem right, I have taken the wrong path.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The Bible makes it clear that the Lord has a path for us. But, it is our job to make sure that we stay on the “right” path. I recently read a Proverbs 31 devotional, and I want to share with you parts from that post. It referenced Psalm 16:11.
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Here were the conclusions that the author came to about that verse.
- “God has a path for my life. How wonderful to be reminded that not only is He leading me, but He will be with me in every new place.
- When I’m in His presence, fullness of joy is His gift — not necessarily happiness, but joy of knowing God is always there. With God’s joy, there isn’t room for fear or worry. Strength, peace and the confidence that God is with me are some of the benefits of being in His presence.
- The third promise is pleasures forever. What stands out to me is the amazing generosity of God, and He welcomes us to be close to Him, within reach not just for a day but forever. The NIV translation says, “eternal pleasures.” This pleasure is not fleeting but will be with me in this life and the next.”
If you have gone astray, or have veered off of the path that you are supposed to be following, then it is time to recalculate. I let my app do the recalculation for my trip, but for my faith, I need to turn to the Lord and ask for His guidance.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him: 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
Have A Blessed Day!