This week I had the privilege of attending a theological education conference in Johannesburg. My friends from Durban arrived there a day before I arrived, and because of their lack of familiarity with the Johannesburg roads they asked me to bring a GPS along. I took a TomTom along. On Wednesday night we were invited to a friends house for a braai (barbeque). The TomTom took us through without any problems.
On the way back we came to an intersection and the all too familiar female voice instructed, “Turn right at the robot into Potgieter road.” The two men up front absolutely refused to take Potgieter Road, the road seemed unfamilar and they suggested another route. But instead of taking Potgieter Road they decided to take a right just before Potgieter Road. The GPS responded (if it was a real person you would’ve heard the irritation in her voice), she said, “Carry on fifty meters and make a U-turn.” We made a U-turn. Then she said, “Turn right into Potgieter Road.” The gentleman up front decided to take a different right instead. The GPS; now very annoyed responded, “Go around the traffic circle and out.” Nope, we went through the traffic circle. We came to another traffic circle. The GPS, now very angry responded, “Go around the traffic circle and out.” We had no alternative but to listen because it was a cul-de-sac and also because every other exit out of that traffic circle led to an office park. We came back to the end of that road and the familiar voice caught our attention again, “Turn left and then turn right into Potgieter Road.” You could almost hear the command of the voice stained with annoyance and mixed in with some anger. Who knows what she would have done if she were real person. Finally we surrendered to the voice, we took the right into Potgieter Road. After taking the right into Potgieter Road we then realized that the GPS is correct after all.
The voice. If you own a GPS I’ll bet that you too have disobeyed your GPS one time or another. The reason you have a GPS is for it to guide you. Had we not listened to the GPS we would’ve been traveling around in circles all night long.
That night was a reminder of how often we over-ride the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It was a reminder of how often we over-ride the voice of God’s word in our lives. It was a reminder of how often we over-ride the voice of godly men and women in our lives. You wonder why you are traveling through life going around in circles, it’s because you’ve chosen to listen to your voice instead of listening to the voice of God.
Stop listening to your voice, start listening to God’s voice. Once you do that then you will be on the right road to God’s destination for you.