“Then you will know which way to go,since you have never been this way before.”
—Joshua 3:4, NIV
Are you constantly on the move but left wondering at the end of the day what you’ve accomplished? Do you spin your wheels only to find, you’re stuck? Perhaps, like me, you have times when you question if you’re even moving in the right direction.
In Alice’s pursuit of the White Rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland, Alice said to the Cheshire Cat:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where,” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
I’m directionally challenged at times, but unlike Alice―I do care where I’m going. It’s frustrating when my GPS takes me miles out of my way, or the directions someone has given me are wrong. Sometimes, I just need a good old-fashioned road map, or better yet, someone to follow.
Fog and rain made it difficult for me to see as I drove my car down a narrow two-lane road. Though typically, I don’t want a truck in front of me to block my vision and slow me down, that night I was thankful a tractor-trailer pulled onto the road ahead of me. It was easier for me follow taillights along the dark winding road than to navigate the route alone.
In Joshua 3, the Israelites camped along the east bank of the Jordan River and waited for God to instruct Joshua on when to move out and claim the Promised Land. As they faced the raging river and their enemies ahead, God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. He reminded him that he would go with them and would never leave or forsake them.
The same applies to us. As believers, God calls us to do his will. Although the way isn’t always easy to discern, he doesn’t intend for us to chart our own course. He’s given us his Word as a roadmap and has sent the Holy Spirit as our guide. We have everything we need to navigate the perilous roads ahead.
God cares where you’re going. Wait for him. Place his Word before you and thank him for his guidance. He’ll lead you safely to your destination.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it'” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV).
Now it’s your turn. If you didn’t have a GPS, would you stop and ask for directions or try to find your own way?
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