I am amazed at how the Global Positioning System, more popularly known as GPS, has saturated our society. By using a complex system of orbiting satellites, the precise location of any place, person or moving vehicle can be pinpointed. Parents can now know where their teens are spending their time and employers can know where the company vehicles are being driven. The applications seem endless. The best known application is a devise used in automobiles to help any driver find the best way to his destination.
I have been thinking of how many of us, in our journey to heaven, need a spiritual GPS and the attributes such a GPS should have.
There is a need for a spiritual GPS. Mankind does not instinctively know the way to heaven. Jeremiah affirmed this almost three thousand years ago. “O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23). That way cannot be discerned instinctively, by feelings or human wisdom, for Solomon said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 16:25).
There is a need for an infallible spiritual GPS. One of the problems with those devices found in our cars is that sometimes they simply cannot always be trusted. Sometimes they get confused, or they confuse us, and we wind up far from the place we intended to go. This tends to make us trust them less and less. Our spiritual GPS must be trustworthy!
There is a need for a timeless, infallible spiritual GPS. The problem with the current GPS systems being used in our cars is that they cannot fully anticipate changes that come about. The names of roads sometimes change or new roads are being built. This is why the manufacturers periodically offer updated maps. Our spiritual GPS should be one that works all the time, every time, from any place on this earth and which never needs updating.
That timeless, infallible spiritual GPS does exist. Because there is only one road for us to travel (John 14:6), God has given us our GPS which works all the time, every time, from every place on the earth. It’s not a modern invention, for it has been around for two thousand years! It fulfills our need. It is infallible and can be trusted to clearly show the way we should travel on our journey. It is timeless. Though our culture changes, the road remains the same. There is no need for constant updates, for it anticipated every problem which might arise and has been programmed to insure we can always find our way.
What is that GPS? Think about it for a moment. It is God’s Perfect Scriptures! Follow it and the journey is so easy!