Have you ever utilized a GPS? Nowadays you have them on your phone so most everyone carries them around in their pockets. I am approaching 30 years old and I can barely remember a time anymore when we used the old paper maps to get to our destinations. No restaurant icons on those maps. No alternate routes configured for you at the touch of a finger. The thing about these GPS’ is that they have no sense of what kind of road they are taking you down. I have learned over the years and using them that the best thing to do if you do not know where you are at anyways is to just trust the GPS. It may take you down some crazy roads, but it will, and I mean will, get you to your destination.
Today I had to utilize the GPS on my phone without any knowledge of where I was driving at. I was coming through Mississippi and before coming through Jackson my GPS decided that because of the icy roads (they just had some freezing rain and sleet here the night before), that it would be quicker for me to get off the interstate and go around Jackson. I reluctantly followed the directions of my GPS concerned about what ideas it may have had. Lo and behold I end up on a road called “Bush Bottom Rd”. Now, let me tell you, when I heard my phone tell me, “Turn right on Bush Bottom Rd”, I almost completely ignored it. Thinking that the GPS was for sure going to end up taking me to some backwoods moonshine factory. Well, other then the roads being worse on this back road, in reference to the ice, it was a quicker route then what I would have figured. Ultimately I reached my destination, and I will now do it all over again tomorrow morning to make it to Florida.
I could not help but think of my walk with God today while I was driving on “Bush Bottom Rd”. You see, I have been on some “Bush Bottom” roads in my life, and they have been icy, and I have often wondered, “why me?”. However, once I reach my destination I am able to look back and realize that while that road may have been icy, the GPS was only trying to have me avoid a much trickier route that I otherwise would have been determined to take. In the same way, once I reach a destination point in my life (ministry opportunities, marriage, kids, health), I am able to look back and realize that while that “Bush Bottom” road was not the greatest, God was only trying to have me avoid a much trickier route that I otherwise would have been determined to take.
…once I reach a destination point in my life, I am able to look back and realize that while that “Bush Bottom” road was not the greatest, God was only trying to have me avoid a much trickier route that I otherwise would have been determined to take
Taking a road with God does not guarantee no ice, but it does guarantee peace. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “not lean on your own understanding”. Then in Philippians 4:7, in a chapter about not being anxious, Paul reminds us that when it comes to understanding, it is the “…peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. My favorite part of that verse is where it says it will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. What do we really know? I have always found it interesting that the tree God desired for us to leave alone in the Garden of Eden was the tree of the “knowledge” of good and evil. In today’s technological age we know too much in my opinion. This ruins our minds as far as I am concerned.
In old times now gone there was no opportunity to over worry because we were not bombarded on a 24/7 basis with senseless information. If you wanted to hear the news you could listen to the radio, and they would update you occasionally, or you could read the newspaper, and then there was the evening news on the television set. Now, we have the “news” at our fingertips. If there is anything you want to know about anything just hop on your smartphone and search away. Certainly knowledge can be a good thing when geared in the right direction. However, God seemed to know (go figure) that we would run away with knowledge and that it would be our downfall.
Throughout the history of this world we have thought that we know better, and we constantly as a human race seem to seek to prove it in one way or another. Here is the problem with this plan people, there is NO peace in our own understanding. That peace that surpasses all understanding comes from trusting in God, praying to Him, and humbling ourselves before Him. It does not come from internet searches, or FOX News, or CNN, or the President of the United States. It does not come in the national security of the USA. It does not come from how well we tackle the Zika “crises”.
Sure, these things, in proper context, and within boundaries can be used for good. We should not have our heads buried in the sand when it comes to this world. How can we reach the people if we have no idea about what the world is going through? So, I am not trying to suggest that we become isolated from the world. However, we should not be phased by the world. The chaos that the devil causes in this world does not need to shake us one bit. When this happens we show our lack of trust in the omnipotent, omniscient God.
No matter how hard we try as a human race to find peace, we will never find it apart from forsaking our own “knowledge” or “understanding” and leaning solely on God, where the only true peace can be found.