Long before man developed the ability to map out a geographical route with a software system, God provided a helpful and reliable spiritual GPS for those who trust in him.
Proverbs 3:5,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
What a wonderful promise of God’s direction and wisdom for our daily living! Here are the steps for using God’s spiritual GPS in order to arrive at the spiritual destination that God has intended for your life:
• Step One - The Assurance of God’s Wisdom: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”- The spiritual traveler must demonstrate complete faith in the wisdom of God. Every time that a Christian begins to doubt that God knows what he is doing, a spiritual wrong turn is not far down the road.
• Step Two - The Avoidance of Worldly Wit: “Lean not unto thine own understanding” – Once a person has reached the trust-filled conclusion that God knows how to get him to the proper destination, he must determine not to rely on his own understanding of the situation. It seems to be human nature for man to think that he has everything all figured out. Every parent has watched with amusement as their little toddler confidently pushes away his parent’s hands and says, “I do it myself!” Perhaps God is also often amused with his children as they seem to think they can solve the problems of life on their own.
• Step Three - The Acknowledgment of God’s Word: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him” – While the first two steps involve the heart and its attitude, this third step is very practical in its application. If a spiritual traveler wants the guarantee of God’s direction in his life, he must acknowledge the Bible in every facet of his life. This is done through times like personal Bible reading, family devotions, and church services. Every time you open the Bible, you are acknowledging Him.
• Step Four - The Assurance of God’s Working: “He shall direct thy paths”- Actually, this step is God’s part. Once a believer has placed his complete confidence in the Lord, has ceased to rely on his own understanding, and has acknowledged the Lord by studying His Word, he receives the absolute assurance of God’s direction in his life. The guarantee couldn’t be any stronger than “he shall direct thy paths.”
The Rev. Timothy Benefield is pastor of Golden Valley Baptist Church. Sermon notes is a column by local religious leaders.