I was excited the first time I used my GPS. I was excited because it was going to get me where I needed to go. How does it work? You put in the destination and it tells you which roads to follow and where to turn. When you make a wrong turn, or miss your turn, it recalculates and tells you how to get back on the correct road.
We may not always listen to it. We may not even use it. We may think we know a better way. Sometimes that works and other times we end up in a traffic jam or lost. The first system I had surprised me by beeping. I could not figure out why it beeped at me. Then, I realized it was a warning because I was going over the speed limit. That would never happen to you, right?
2 Timothy 3:16 says that the Bible is our spiritual navigation system (SNS.) What is our destination? Heaven, of course! This verse tells us that Scripture is good for teaching us doctrine. In other words, it tells us which road we are to travel. Jesus is the only way to get there (John 14:6.) Scripture also tells us when we are off the correct road. It tells us the things we should not be doing, because they will take us off God’s path for us. Then, it tells us how to get back on the correct road. It tells us all the things we should be doing. It gives us instruction and training in righteousness. It tells us how to stay on God’s road. The key is fixing our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12: 1,2.)
Mistakes and choices that we make may detour us. But, when we veer off God’s road, we have the Holy Spirit who warns us and urges us to return to God’s way. We may not listen. We may think we know a better way, but that is when we get into trouble. Only God’s way is the best way for us to go. Are you using your spiritual navigation system? Here is a beautiful hymn that tells us the best way to keep on God’s path, walk close to Jesus:
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
- I am weak, but Thou are strong: Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long, as I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
- Thro’ this world of toils and snares, if I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
- When my feeble life is o’er, time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er to Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Text and Music: Traditional Folk Song
Written by Denise Zambrano: Denise loves to teach the Bible and sing. She teaches a women’s Bible study and a high school Sunday School class. Along with her daughter, Linda, she is an advocate at A Baby’s Breath (a crisis pregnancy center). She loves being a grandmother to Tim, Becky, Alexander and William (who is with Jesus). She was a missionary with Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador for 35 years.