“And He spoke a parable to them: ‘Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch (Luke 6:39)?'”
The weather conditions in Tobermory, Ontario were stormy and dark on one recent evening but a Canadian woman boldly drove on trusting her GPS to direct her. Following the prompting of her navigator she drove directly into Georgian Bay. Fortunately, she escaped unharmed, although thoroughly soaked. Her car was totaled however. Her GPS dependence may still be recalculating.
How many today are driving in the dark in this world following a faulty navigation system? Our pluralistic society encourages individuals to follow any guide so long as one doesn’t promote theirs as the only reliable director to others. The results are predictable, just look around us or watch the evening newscast for further evidence.
The issue is that men are incapable of guiding themselves despite our continued attempts to do so for several millennia. “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23).” King Saul was condemned for seeking a medium for guidance (1 Chronicles 10:13). As His people were adrift God said of Judah, “There is no one to guide her among all the sons she has brought forth; nor is there any who takes here by the hand among all the sons she has brought up (Isaiah 51:18).” Is it beginning to appear that He may say the same of America in our times? Truly, our countrymen are following the way that seems right but it will end in death (Proverbs 14:12). They continue follow various guides according to the course of this world (Ephesians 2:2) but their destination is common and disastrous (Matthew 7:13).
God has provided us with dependable direction to navigate our course in this world. His word has proven a reliable guide to the righteous for generations and the storms of light do not dim its right instruction (Psalm 119:105). Jesus life serves as a model for us as our “forerunner” (Hebrews 6:19-20) and even in the darkest trials his path remains for us to follow (1 Peter 2:21). He Himself said that His sheep follow Him and hear His voice (John 10:4).
Indeed in our spiritual journey, Jesus is the only way (John 14:6) that will bring us safely and surely to heaven. Upon his return to Ethiopia a eunuch searched the road map of life searching for the right way. When asked if he comprehended it he answered, “How can I, unless someone guides me (Acts 8:31)?” There are sound elders and teachers that Christ designated to the church to help all men on the right course (Ephesians 4:11-12). It’s ok to ask for help in receiving instructions in the way.
A faulty compass is just as deadly as none at all. Is your spiritual GPS dependable or subject to recalculating your way?
“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths (Psalm 25:4).”