Transportation around the DFW Metroplex is a mess. Pam and I are constantly surprised with new huge highway projects which are hazardous and frustrating. 9 out of 10 cars are in a hurry with many of them already late for their meeting or event. I wish that I could give testimony that I am Mr. Steady Eddie when I am in the midst of this confusion, but I am a mess. After a number of my “gut decisions” choosing which route would give us the quickest, simplest and safest directions around the MetroPlex went amiss, I concluded along with Pam (!) that I need help! Our modus operandi has totally changed…
Thank God for Waze, an online tool with traveling instructions of best route presented by a woman’s voice. We actually talk about “her” as if she is a member of our family! In fact, we pronounce “her” name as “Wayzee”. Have we gone crazy?! If you answer “yes”, you are correct. “She” has saved us valuable time and highly likely the cost of marriage counseling (!😊). Thank God for Waze!
Our spiritual lives are very similar. We are all train wrecks if we trust in our own flesh (our own abilities) to make wise decisions. The Bible is clear about the bankruptcy and pain caused by the flesh:
- Proverbs14:12 declares, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
- Romans 3:12&23 state, “All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Like the candor of the Apostle Paul in the previous verses, Jesus tells us frankly in Luke 13:5 and 24:47, “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish…repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
The Son of God and the Apostle Paul clearly spoke that we are lost and without direction in life if we live it in the flesh. Each of us are to repent which means to change our mind. Rely on GOD not yourself!
No need for Waze, He shows us the “Way”… “‘Jesus says to us, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). Paul says it this way, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (John 14:6). There is no other route to heaven or for guidance in life. “He is the way”.
In the traffic jams of life, Jesus gives us crystal clear direction in His Word. Proverbs 3:5&6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” And, if you want to know how to recognize that path, Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Wholeheartedly trust in Jesus and His Word.