This past Saturday I traveled through rural Alabama to a small community in North West Florida for a family reunion. Our reunion is held at the church where my Great Grandfather worshiped as he was raising his family of 13 children in the early 1900’s. This place is in the middle of nowhere. I have traveled to this place every year for many years. As I always do, I used technology as I traveled. I had the route in my GPS as I have done many times. When I reached the north side of Elba, Alabama my GPS told me to make a turn that was not the usual way. I had to make a decision. Do I trust my GPS or do I go on what I have done for years. I decided that I would take the way of the GPS and trust technology. It took me through towns that I had never been through before and I arrived at the church. This way was also 15 to 20 minutes faster than the route that I had taken all of the other times. I have to admit, it was very difficult for me to go against the way I had always traveled and I questioned my decision several times along the way.
Trusting the GPS and getting out of my comfort zone made me think of my relationship with the Lord and trusting Him instead of my own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.” We could call this ‘Gods Positioning System’. (GPS)
We are wired to be self-sufficient and it is often difficult to go against our own understanding. We have to learn to trust and many times it is not easy. It does not matter what we are going through or what decisions we have before us God has it all under control. Prayer is the most powerful tool we have access to as Christians. Many times we pray and then we make our own decisions. We have to learn to trust God. Philippians 4:6 tells us; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” We must give it to God and then trust Him for the results.
We look forward to seeing you in Bible Study and Worship this Sunday!