God’s GPS

Before I ever had a GPS navigational unit, I made sure to check a map and carefully plot out my course before moving forward.  Some people love the adventure of trying to find a specific location without directions, but I’m not one of them.

I also use to be that way in my interactions and relationship with God.  I would make small, calculated decisions, based on where I sensed God was leading me at the moment, but I had a hard time moving forward in my life.  It was then that I began to question about the times when I was not sure what God’s guidance was. This became very evident, when I began to experience God calling me to step out in faith. 

Hebrews 11:1 says… “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see”  It’s the confidence, that God will provide as we need Him.  Think about it.  So much of life is operating in the unknown, and trusting in something beyond ourselves.  Even if you are one of those who don’t believe in Jesus, you do put your trust in something beyond yourself.  We all turn to different ways to find the assurance needed to move forward in life, but how often do we trust in the promises of God?

This doesn't mean making a decision, just to see if we have made the wise decision. It does mean sensing where God is leading, and then stepping beyond our comfort zone with faith, that He is with us.  For I have found with God, that “direction” often comes in the moving!  That God provides the clarity needed to our direction, after we have started the process of moving out in faith.  So rather than waiting for the stars to align –as we so often do & go nowhere- why not move, and as we do, be open to sense God’s leading knowing more clarity will be provided along the way?

In Genesis 37, Joseph shows us an example of moving without direction. He gets a picture from God in a dream of what his life will look like well into the future.  But shortly after this dream everything in his life crumbles around him.  Yet Joseph doesn't waver in believing, for what he senses is, God will provide for him. He doesn't receive specific instructions, but he does stay focused on honoring God with his life, and God honored Joseph, not through perfect circumstances, but through Joseph’s willingness to stay faithful to moving forward in life, without a specific sense of direction.  I pray, that throughout 2014, that you can begin to “move out” in faith, and then allow God, to provide the details of your direction for yourself and your family. 

We here at the Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren, desire for you to join us as we travel in our journey of life.  We invite you to experience God’s guidance and care as you set out and continue in your journey of life.  We are located at the corner of County Road 11 and County Road 138 in Elkhart County, Indiana.  Instructional classes are at 9:00a.m. and our worship celebration starts at 10:00a.m.

                                                                                                             Pastor Mark