I am happily willing to press the on switch, enter my destination, and trust that my GPS will get me to where I want to go. Recently, I was heading somewhere knowing my end destinations. My drive was unfamiliar, although beautiful. Despite my lack of familiarity with my surroundings, I enjoyed the ride having complete peace that these unfamiliar roads would take me where I wanted to be. I marveled at the open fields, and the beauty in the spring growth. I saw squirrels chasing one another and chattering happily. My heart swayed with worship music gently singing from my radio, and I breathed deep with the beauty of my Creator.
As I was praying, I felt the Lord whisper, “How quick you are to trust that an electronic device will get you to where you want to go, however, you find it difficult to trust that I will do the same. I am your Perfect Father, the God of the Universe, the very one who gives you every breath you breathe. You find it painstakingly difficult to trust that I will get you where you want to go. You are restless in your journey. I have so much beauty in store for you, unspeakable joy, and yet you find yourself full of fear. Complaint flows freely from your lips, and you allow doubt to overwhelm and cripple you. My love for you is deeper than the ocean. Your striving does not make me love you any more, nor does your failure make me love you less. It is your faith that pleases me. It is your faith that will get you where you want to go. Your faith will allow your journey to be breathtaking, transforming, and beautiful beyond compare! It was your faith in your G.P.S that got you to where you wanted to go, and it is your faith in Me that will get you to where I want go.”
A Christian Followers G.P.S. = God’s Positional Story
Do we trust God’s Positional Story (G.P.S)?
God is the King of Kings, Alpha and the Omega, and the architect of the universe. As the creator of the universe we live out the story He writes (On a side note, this is not a statement that aligns with pre-determinism. Rather, it is a statement that reveres God’s almighty hand in crafting a greater metanarrative spoken of throughout scripture; He is in control). God graciously allows us to be a part of His master plan. It is a brilliant and breath taking plan that we will never fully see or understand. Regardless, it is His story which will bring about His glory. It is not about us, nor will it ever be about us. It is about God. It is about His love, His redemption, His Glory. We make it about us. When we do we steal from and misdirect His perfection, His grace, and His unbelievable love!
Will we allow God to direct our lives as confidently as an electornic G.P.S does in our car as it leads us to our end destination? Will we allow God to lead us, and go where He asks, so that our hearts and lives will be transformed? If not, why? If so, where?
We have a place and purpose in His greater story to redeem the world. Remember, our time in the wilderness (training and preparation) will determine the magnitude of our ministry.
Steps to take - God’s Positional Story
We have some simple steps to take with God just as if you followed an electronic GPS.
Step 1-Turn on GPS
- Open your bible, pray, and connect with your provider, king, and creator
- Set your destination. In your prayer time say, “Lord, I want to go where you send me.” Ask God, “How can I bring glory to you today? “
- The necessary route may be the fastest, most scenic, or simply challenging. Ask God to take you on the path you need in order to serve Him well. Our journey is not about getting where we want to go. Our journey is about going where God wants us to go, and getting there the way He deems necessary.
How will you get to where God wants you to be?
- Will you be frustrated due to the speed?
- Will you be tight fisted with your resources? Or, will you be opened handed?
- Will you enjoy the people you will meet? Or, not?
- Will you enjoy the places God sends you? Or, not?
- Will you find joy in the seasons that God takes you through throughout your life?
Do you trust God? Do you trust that as you connect to God through prayer and reading of scripture, that God will reveal to you the position in His story that He has so graciously allowed for you to be a part of?
Do you trust that God has the best path in mind for your journey? So often we do not agree with God’s path for our journey, and we hear that voice - “RECALCULATING…” My ears have often burned with this thought. What a glorious God we serve that when we take a wrong turn, He does not shout “RECALCULATING” at us. Despite any wrong turn we take, God gives us an option. God sacrificed His son for all so we can receive His “Redemptive recalculation.” He does not shout “RECALCULATING.” He says, “Come daughter, come son - I am Holy.” You cannot be in relationship with a Holy and Perfect God with your sin. God knew what turns you would make, and He designed as sacrificial system, culminating with the death of Jesus, to draw you back in order to follow His direction (once again or for the first time).”
The journey we take and the road we travel down can be filled with construction, roadblocks, car trouble, car accidents, and road rage. I don’t blame my G.P.S. for these inconveniences; it would be useless. Blaming God for the spiritual roadblocks in our way may result in a sense of hopelessness. God is not responsible for the pain and sin in this world. He gave us freedom to experience Himself and His creation. Although, He has made it abundantly clear that it is His responsibility to take every heartache and transforming it. He is responsible for taking every pain, every wrong doing against you, every catastrophe, and every broken dream, and filling you with indescribable joy, courage, strength, purpose, and grace for the journey you are on.
Read Psalm 16
(v. 11) “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”