Recently, I had to travel to another borough for my job. This required the use of GPS to get me from my home to my place of work. In the beginning, I followed the directions carefully because I had no idea where I was going. As I became familiar with the route, I would always choose the route I’m most comfortable with.
One morning, after setting the GPS I found it planned to take me to an unfamiliar route. “Really?” I decided I was not using any unfamiliar route to get to work. You see, after two weeks, I could travel back and forth without GPS. I decided, I was going with my comfort route. When I got on the highway, I was constantly advised to get off the roadway. The road is clear so what is the problem? I continued on. Suddenly, all I saw were red brake lights. I was in a three mile slowdown. The GPS kept directing me off the highway but I was determined to travel my way.
The problem was me. I decided to use the GPS but I didn’t want to submit my commute to the GPS. I wanted to do it my way. I was reminded of Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” I choose to use the GPS but refused to let it direct my path. As I sat in traffic, I began to examine how this attitude can derail the walk of faith.
We have a GPS or Guide for Personal Success to lead us to God. It’s called the Bible. The Bible gives us directions for living but many times we don’t want to follow the GPS. Matthew 7:13-14 says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The narrow road requires discipline and we would prefer to travel on a less restricted road.
However, there are benefits when we follow God’s GPS. When I started out, I had no idea how to arrive at my destination. I depended on the GPS and obeyed every command. Finally, I heard in one thousand feet, your destination will be on your right. I arrived at my work site. The GPS kept me away from road construction and traffic delays. It is the same with the Word of God. If we follow the directions, we will arrive at the places God has destined for us.
What happens when we become so comfortable that we decide be our own guide? It can be perilous. Sometimes, the road can become dangerous and without expert help we can find ourselves in danger just like the man in Luke 10:30. It reads, “Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.” Look at what happened to the man who traveled without his GPS; he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and almost lost his life.
The same thing can happen to us if we decide to travel without our Guide for Personal Success. There are many points on the journey where thieves are lurking to strip us, wound us and if possible kill us. The only way to get to our destination safely is to follow the GPS.