I am not sure how we got around in the world before we had a GPS. Mapquest and Waze have become my most loyal friends when I am in need of finding directions to a new destination. It seems like I can’t go anywhere new without plugging in the address. And the amazing thing is that it will give you step by step instructions on how to get there, even giving you the estimated time of arrival and how far you will have to travel. Waze will even alert you to traffic accidents, cop sightings, and will re-route you when it thinks you can get to your destination faster by going another way. I put my whole trust into a GPS that will get me to the correct location. It never steers me wrong…well, until it actually does.
Just recently we had to travel to a nearby county to watch my oldest daughter play soccer. Not knowing where this school was located, I quickly got out my phone and typed in the address. But, the GPS didn’t take us to the school. It took us to a shopping center parking lot. My husband and I were lost and we had no idea where this school was. After staring at a Google Map of where our car was located, we decided to go further down the road and that’s where we found another road that led us to the school. The GPS had guided us to a location that was not the place where we needed to go. How could it get this wrong? We trusted this GPS to get us to that school, but it guided us in the wrong direction.
I am so very thankful that I do not have to worry about God guiding me in the wrong direction. I can stand on the promise of His guidance by looking in His Word. There are endless verses in the Bible that talk about God’s promise to guide us, to be our leader and to take us on a straight path. A few of my favorite verses for this promise are:
By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or by night. Exodus 13:21
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
The Lord will guide you always. Isaiah 58:11a
I have to admit that there are days when I am afraid to trust God to lead me. Why? Because I cannot see down that path. I cannot look far enough down the road to know that where He is leading me is to a good place. I cannot get out my binoculars so I can see up close that which is far away. But, boy do I wish I could.
Why do I feel the need to know what lies ahead?
Because I want the assurance that God is not going to lead me in the wrong direction. I am afraid and I just need peace of mind that God knows what He’s doing.
When I get this way, I can just see God shaking his head and saying, “Really, Vanessa? Are we going to have to go through this all over again? How many different ways do I have to say this to you? I’ve got your back. I will be your guide and will lead you. But you’ve got to let go and trust Me.”
This is when I break out my Bible and read the above verses. I repeat over and over again phrases like “He will guide you always”, “Trust in me”, “Acknowledge Him”, “He will make your paths straight”. I find comfort in repetition of these phrases and verses. I also like to insert my name into these verses. It helps me realize that even though the Bible was written many years ago, God uses it to speak to me today. This calms me and allows me to see that God truly is my guide. He will not steer me in the wrong direction. He loves me and wants me to follow Him, even when it means I might not be able to see where I’m going. All I have to do is trust in Him, and I will know, without a shadow of a doubt, that He will be my Guide.
Prayer: Holy Father, we come before you, afraid of what lies before us because we cannot see. Help us to trust you to be our guide. Take away our fear and allow us to give up control so that we can freely walk down the path on which you are leading us. We surrender to you and stand firm on the promise that you will always be our guide. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What is keeping you from allowing God to guide you?
- How can you release your fear of the unknown and allow God to be your guide?
- Write down a time when you remember God guiding you. How did it feel to know that He was your guide?