Navigation apps were invented for people like me. I’m not naturally good with directions. Many a friend has pulled down the passenger seat visor and been avalanched by a collection of Google Map printouts.
Directionally challenged or not, we all need guidance. We come to places in life – those proverbial forks in the road – and need God’s leading.
But God doesn’t just hand us a road map with a big X on it and tell us to go at it alone. He doesn’t give us all the steps and turns in advance, because He wants us to depend on Him, to seek His will and to spend time in His Word.
When we do, He meets us. I’m not talking voice from the sky or writing on the wall. I simply mean He shows us truth from His Word that speaks to us where we are.
Here’s a personal example. Yesterday, the key word “Shepherd” appeared three times in my Bible reading. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, I needed a reminder. Perhaps these verses and some simple take-aways will encourage your heart as they did mine.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1 NKJV)
- When God is my shepherd, I have all I need.
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15 NKJV)
2. Since God is my shepherd, He knows me better than I know myself. He knows what I need better than I do.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJV)
3. My God is not a careless shepherd. He is the great Shepherd. Why should I doubt Him? When I follow His leading, He fulfills His good will in my life.
Does this mean I suddenly have all the answers? Does this mean my directional deficiencies vanish, and everything becomes clear?
No, God’s answer isn’t a map or a magical navigation app. It might simply be the reminder that He is the Shepherd who cares for His sheep; and despite my doubts, I can have the assurance that His staff is guiding my way.
The bottom line is that we don’t figure life out by depending on ourselves and our own sense of direction. Instead, we walk softly behind the staff of our Shepherd.