I have a love-hate relationship with my GPS. Perhaps trust-mistrust is a better way to put it. Either way, we have a problem.
Since I am directionally-challenged, I love my GPS. She (and her British accent) have gotten me where I need to go many times. When I ignored her instructions, she has gotten me back on track, and without judging me.
But there are those times when she has taken me the long way round, and even the wrong way round.
As sinners, God tells us that we are directionally-challenged. All of us. Even when we have been regenerated of the Spirit and count ourselves redeemed sinners. Left to ourselves we are prone to wander, prone to leave the God we love.
God calls that tendency “foolishness.” The fool says dumb things to himself, like “There is no God.” The fool thinks she can figure out for herself what is good and right and true. Fools think they can find their way on their own. To ask for directions would require some sort of acknowledgement of dependence.
But God tells us that with our directionally-challenged selves, we will not find Him. We will not even seek Him. That requires wisdom. And wisdom comes only from God.
Wisdom comes from the Holy Spirit and follows the map of God’s truth, found in His holy Word, the Bible. It is the capacity given by God to navigate whatever twists and turns, highways and dirt roads life may hold for us. Sometimes the light cast will extend only to the next step, or the next bend—but it sufficient.
The GPS God gives us operates on the hardware of His Word and the software of His wisdom, both given by His Spirit. And we can be sure that by following it, our destination will be life and not death.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12)