In the last couple of weeks I put over 5,000 miles on my car driving across the entire country – twice! Being on strange roads in strange places can be a challenge. But I had a secret weapon!
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Being lost is tough. Strange streets, strange places; nothing that looks familiar to help out. I’ve been lost and wandered into some pretty dangerous places.
Many of us have come to reply upon Google Maps to provide us directions as we travel. My secret weapon as I drove through a dozen states criss-crossing the USA was a combination of Google Maps and a program called WAZE to get me where I was going. OK, so not so secret, but still amazing. As I drove I got constant updates regarding the best route, warnings when I departed from it (even a little bit), notices of obstacles on the road ahead and even information about speed traps. It’s nice to have a good, reliable map to guide you, especially when a little voice pops up and tells you to be careful.
Life is like that, too.
Today’s verse says YOU HAVE SHOWN ME THE PATH TO LIFE
As I was reading Deuteronomy 5 and 6 this morning, I felt like I was being given a good map. The Ten Commandments, major route markers telling you how to get down the road in safety. A great promise from God about His intention in providing His decrees and laws. (“So it may go well with you.”)
As I was driving last week, I glanced down at my digital map frequently. I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go, but conditions on the roadway change all the time, and I appreciated the notices and warnings.
God’s word is like that, too. Even when you have a pretty good idea of the direction you’re heading, it’s good to get the updates from Him and His Spirit. When I follow a digital map well, my only reward is travel info. But when I do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, He sees that that it goes well with me and guides me to go in and take over the good places the Lord promised.
God brought Israel OUT from Egypt so He could bring them IN to the land He swore to our fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities they did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things they did not provide, wells they did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves they did not plant. Sweet!! I especially love Deut 6:23 — “He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised.” He brought us OUT to bring us IN.
He has surely shown us the path to life.
God is about to take you where you’ve never been. He is taking you where you couldn’t go on your own. Use the map! And listen carefully, because there are obstacles and speed traps ahead.