All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Have you ever used a navigation app to travel a long distance to a new and unfamiliar location? If so, you’ve probably noticed that there is often more than one route option available. Each available route will take you to the same location, but there is always a best choice that provides the fastest and easiest travel times. No matter which option you choose, if you depart from the navigated route, you can usually get back on, but along the way you might encounter delays, detours, and back-tracking. With longer mileage and increased travel time comes extra gas and food costs, and if you choose to ignore the navigation directions altogether, you might never arrive at your location.
The Christian life has often been compared to a journey. We are travelers, each of us on a unique route. We are constantly making choices and encountering challenges that affect the quality and length of each part of our trip, but we are not without guidance and help. God’s Word is like a navigation app. Through Scripture and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can live a life full of purpose, experiencing all of God’s good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). If and when we choose to ignore what God’s word (our navigation app) says to us about our life journey we can really get off course. You may have heard this statement about sin:
“Sin will always take you farther than you wanted to go.
It will keep you longer than you wanted to stay.
It will cost you more than you intended to pay.”
Sin can definitely keep us from living in God’s best. Whenever we choose our own way rather than God’s, we don’t experience the fullness of life he intends. But he does not abandon us in our state of lost-ness, and it is never too late to get back on track with God’s plans and purposes for your life. Psalm 16:11 tell us:
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Think About: Are there any areas of your life where you aren’t choosing God’s best? Would you be willing to ask God to show you how to experience the joy in his presence that comes from doing things his way?
Pray: Father God, I know you have a good plan for my life. You have good things for me to do. Help me to let go of anything that keeps me from walking in your best. Help me to embrace all of your ways. Thank you for never giving up on me.