I might be lost. It’s a bit early to tell for certain, but none of the landmarks along the road look familiar and the last sign I passed said that I’m now farther from my destination than when I started. But I’m a good driver, and the road signs could be wrong.
If I am lost, it won’t be because I don’t have directions. I have a smart phone and GPS. I’m just not using it. I pride myself on an excellent sense of direction and I value my independence. I’ll find my way without help.
OK, it’s looking more and more like I might really be lost. The last sign didn’t even list the town I’m going to. Not only might I be going the wrong direction, but I may not even be on the right road anymore. But GPS directions are sometimes hard to follow and they take me down obscure roads I don’t really like. Plus, I would have to pull over to open the app. Way too much trouble; I’ll just keep driving.
It’s getting dark now and I’m still no closer to where I wanted to go. If I don’t get there soon, I’ll need to turn around and go home. Since I don’t know which way home is, however, there is no going back. Granted, it might be quicker to get directions, but I really can’t stand for somebody else to tell me what to do. And the GPS lady is so bossy. I’ll keep going the way I want.
Well, I finally checked GPS. It probably helped, but I have to admit, I only listened briefly, just to get the next turn. Then, I turned it off. I figure as long as my information came from a good source, I can’t go wrong, right? Wait! I’ve just come to a dead end!
It’s vitally important to have good directions and to follow them. The apostle Paul giving guidance to a young preacher said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). God has given us a GPS system. It would be wise for us to swallow our pride, take the time to understand the directions he has given us, and then follow them.
Otherwise, we might be lost.