Thursday, November 13, 2014

One False Turn...

It was a new car with a new navigation system and we were living near the top of a mountain. We were told that our home was well over 5,000 feet above sea level. To reach our front door was a major driving project. The road twisted and turned and included several “switch backs” -  instant “U” turns. At times it seemed as though the turns were much tighter than a paper clip.

As we sat and programmed our “nav system” before beginning our journey, our hearts beat with excitement. It was a new experiment and we were anxious to learn how it worked. After many attempts and several minutes a voice “came from the clouds” and said: “Proceed to the nearest major highway.” It was almost frightening.

As we started down the mountain, the little arrow that was intended to point us in the direction we were to travel started to go around in circles. It was spinning as though it could not determine where we were to go. This was certainly not a “confidence builder.” But we started down the mountain and when we arrived at the highway that same voice said, “Turn right and proceed 7.4 miles to Highway 16.” We did, it was correct and our faith grew.

Trust and confidence are the most critical factors when looking for directions - especially directions for life. Solomon assured us that “the integrity of the upright guides them.” Integrity, then, is our compass.

Consider Joseph: He was a man of great integrity and suffered greatly for his faith. Yet, in the end he was able to say: “God meant it for good! Look at these results!”

Prayer:  Guide us and guard us, Lord, as we seek Your way. Fill us with Your Spirit who will protect us from evil. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

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