While listening to my pastor R.J.W. Sr. deliver the word on Sunday, he said something very important. He said, “In order to get where you’re going in life, you must first know where you are.” This brings to mind a G.P.S.
On my cellular phone there is an app that will allow you to search particular locations in a certain area. Once you find that location, the app will ask for your location. Normally the app will have all of the previous places you have been, and will suggest you use one of them. Once you have the option of choosing a location, the number one choice for all locations listed is the suggestion, “Current location.”
The scriptures says in Genesis 32:27-28, “And he said unto him, ‘What is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince has thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob (the supplanter one who supercedes another especially by force or treachery) had to come to the place of recognizing where he was (current location) in order to get to the destination God had in store for him.
What are we are wrestling with that is preventing us from recognizing our current location in life? The scripture tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, and then it goes on to say, Do you not know who you are? 2 Corinthians 13:5. The Lord wants us to see ourselves the way he sees us, but we cannot look in the mirror of life, and forget/neglect what we have seen once we have stepped away from that evaluating moment (James 1:23-24).
Here is a list of things a GPS device can do for you:
- maps, including streets maps, displayed in human readable format via text or in a graphical format,
- turn-by-turn navigation directions to a human in charge of a vehicle or vessel via text or speech,
- traffic congestion maps (depicting either historical or real time data) and suggested alternative directions,
- information on nearby amenities such as restaurants, fueling stations, and tourist attractions.
These very things the Lord can do for us, for HE is our GPS:
- give us a readable format of the road we must travel by reading the Bible,
- we get turn by turn directions (because we are a vehicle/vessel for the Lord) by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 37:23; John 16:13
- He will deliver us from trouble. Psalm 34:19; 1 Corinthians 10:13: 2 Peter 2:9
- While you are on the journey the Lord will refresh you, so you do not lose heart along the way. 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:28-31; Galatians 6:9