Directionally challenged. That’s how people used to describe me. Never knowing where I was at or how I was going to get there. LOST. Google maps changed my life. Really. I spend a lot less time lost. If I don’t know where I’m at, I pull up my map. If I don’t know how to get to my destination, I pull up my map. I don’t have to be directionally challenged anymore.
Spiritually challenged. That’s how people used to describe me too. Never knowing where I was at or how I was going to get there. LOST. The Word of God changed my life. Really. I spend a lot less time lost. If I don’t where I’m at, I pull out the Word. If I don’t know how to get to my destination, I pull out the Word. I don’t have to be spiritually challenged anymore.
Resources have been made available to me, that center me and locate me so I don’t have to wander around lost. While Google maps is convenient, the Word of God is indispensable. With the Word, we can be sure that we will never be lost because we have a steady guide that never fails us and always points us to the true north. So if the Bible always points us to the true north, why are so many still lost and searching for direction?
Instead of relying on God and His Word for direction, many rely on the world’s directions to help them find their way. However, the world is directionally challenged. And it seems to only be getting worse. Without God, the world can’t find true north. The world’s directions are constantly changing. The world informs us that our map, our moral and spiritual guide should be self. It tells us we can do whatever feels good, whatever we like, as long as it doesn’t “hurt” anyone.
By using self as a moral and spiritual guide, the distinction between right and wrong is unclear and what used to be “wrong” is now considered “right.” Just look at our culture’s views on family, marriage, and life compared to one hundred, even fifty years ago. No wonder the world is lost. It is hard to find our way if the directions are constantly changing. Just think, if God’s directions changed every time man’s directions changed, then man would have no hope of finding his way.
The good news is that God’s directions never change. What was true two thousand years ago is still true today. God has given us clear signposts to help us find our way. All we have to do is seek Him. He broadcasts His existence to all of humanity through His beautiful creation. There is not one person who doesn’t look up at the sky and sense God’s existence.
God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening. Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. Psalm 191:1-4 Message
God has written His moral directions, His law on each one of our hearts. He has equipped us with an innate sense of right and wrong and a longing to find the source of this moral and spiritual truth. And as if that is not enough, He has also provided us with a map, the Bible which provides us with step-by-step directions to find His true north.
God longs to be our map and lead us to the truth. But even with all of those signposts pointing to God, many still reject Him. They no longer seek God’s directions because they already think they know their way. Their pride keeps them from seeking God.
Contrary to the lies the world promotes, there is no human knowledge that will ever render God’s directions irrelevant.
Although the world continues to reject God, God has not given up on the world.
He continues to draw us to Him with his loving-kindness. Because His will is that no person remains lost in the lies of the world, He sent His Son Jesus to seek and to find those who are lost.
Jesus stands right before us beckoning us to follow. We don’t have to be lost anymore. Ultimately all of us must choose which map to follow: the map of self-interest which is constantly changing or the map of God’s Word which remains steady and constant. Which map will you follow?