Who Is Your Directional Aid?
“The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely.”
The Monarch butterfly is a unique and incredible phenomenon. The U.S. Forest Service writes, “The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home!”
How do the monarch's know the right path to travel? The Forest Service says: “Researchers are still investigating what directional aids monarchs use to find their overwintering location. It appears to be a combination of directional aids such as the magnetic pull of the earth and position of the sun among others, not one in particular.” In some brilliant way, within them is a built-in program so they automatically know the right path to fly.
When we travel in an automobile most people depend on the Global Positioning System (GPS) to show them the roads to drive. People who hike in remote areas often depend on a compass for their direction. However, we do not have built within us the same directional aid like the monarch butterflies. Therefore, we do not spontaneously know when to go, stop, rest, turn left, turn right, or remain stationary.
Several years ago I read about three people who were in the mountains in Switzerland. They did not take a guide with them. They foolishly made the decision to make a dangerous ascent and all three were killed. But before we criticize too harshly, let's put this on our own doorstep. For example, we often make our own decisions without consulting our guide, Lord Jesus Christ, don't we?
Where should we instinctively go to find our directional aid for making our decision(s) where the GPS or compass is incapable of providing? Often Christians go first to others for advice, and their advice may be good and/or bad. Or sometimes we rely on our own knowledge, skills, or experience and this may lead us down a dead-end road. So, where should we go first? Seek the Lord first to ask for His will to be revealed. He should be our chief Guide.
Solomon wrote in the Book of Proverbs a set of instructions for us to follow. He wrote that we should “lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord”. He went on to say, “Do not rely on (our) own understanding or insight”. We should “in all our ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him”. As a Christian it is our responsibility to fortify our faith.
Solomon went on to say that, “He will direct and make straight and plain (our) path”. In other words, He will “direct” our decision and in His. time, the “path” for our decision will be made “plain” to us. This is God's role and promise to us; plus He knows what is best for us. He rewards us when we earnestly and diligently seek Him. He is faithful.
David Wilkerson wrote the following regarding Psalm 62:5-7. “This is the prayer of David that touched God's heart. David said in essence: “Wait on God only. Expect help from no other source. He alone must be your provision, your only hope and defense. Only He can supply you with the strength to keep going until your answer comes.”
God is our directional aid, GPS, compass, and guide! Praise the Lord!
Lord God, thank You that we can rely on You to provide answers to our decisions. Help us to consistently go to You first to find the help that we need to make decisions. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington