I have never been very good at directions. In fact, I can pull into a gas station, fill up my gas tank, and then get back on the road again going in the wrong direction. It happens to me all the time. But since Christmas I now have the aid of a GPS (Global Positioning System) that will gently remind me (in a British accent, no less), that I had better turn around as soon as possible.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had something similar to help us out in other parts of our lives? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be warned before making some bad choice or going down some wrong path? The good news is that we do have something like that. You might even describe it as a Spiritual Positioning System (SPS).
An SPS works a little bit like a GPS. The way I understand it, a GPS unit uses multiple satellites so someone using the system can be located in space using triangulation. In order to triangulate a position, the computer needs at least three or more different reference points. Without these multiple reference points, a GPS unit can’t make the proper calculations.
Your Spiritual Positioning System works in much the same way, In that God also speaks in multiple ways (you just don’t need to a computer to figure it all out). In the book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby explains that God speaks through the Bible, through prayer, through circumstances and through the church. If you discover you are receiving the same signal from all four sources, you’d better stop and pay attention; God has something important to say to you. Sometimes the message God is sending is something along the lines of: “If there is any way to make a u-turn, please do so immediately.”
The fact is there are forces at work both within us and without that can easily lead us into all kinds of trouble, suffering and pain. But fortunately, U-turns are allowed. In fact, that is the very definition of repentance: a turning toward God.
The Good News is that even if you have been ignoring God’s signals, you can still tune in and stay tuned in at any time. God is speaking to you. But even more importantly, if you feel lost and afraid, God is also waiting for you – not to punish you or tell you, “I told you so,” but to roll out the red carpet, embrace you in love, and say with the joy of a father, “Once you were lost, but now you are found. Enter into the joy of your master and never be lost again.”