Remix: Student Devotionals

Time with God - Week 4, Day 1

Day 1: Why Don't You Ask for Directions (God Guides Us)

Years ago, when I was a kid, my mom and dad took my brother, sister, and me on a trip through Texas to Mexico. My dad wanted us to see a country that we had never seen before. We headed out on our trip, and all of us were excited. We were playing the basic car games that you play, like scenery bingo or the license plate game, where you would see how many different license plates from different states you could find in a certain amount of time. We would play anything if it would help us pass the time.

In the midst of one of our games, my dad got lost. We found out he was lost when my dad started yelling at my mom and telling her that it was her fault he missed his turn because she, of course, was in charge of the maps, and being co-pilot, she was the one in charge of navigating the journey. This was long before the days of GPS, so I spoke up and asked my dad, "Why don't you ask for directions?" That was a mistake. He turned back to me with fire raging in his eyes. I'll be honest with you; I don't remember anything after that.

My dad was the kind of guy who never asked for directions when he would get lost, but he was so lost this time that he didn't have any other choice. With defeat written across his face, my dad pulled over at a gas station to gas the car back up and ask for directions. A gas station attendant who didn't speak any English came out to assist my dad.

My dad swallowed his pride and asked the man, "How do you get back to Highway 44?" The man just looked at my dad with this blank expression on his face, so my dad being the genius that he was, asked the man again, only this time he asked louder and slower than he did before. "How does a person get back to Highway 44?" My dad didn't realize that no matter how slow he spoke or how loud he yelled, he wasn't going to get through. They would always be speaking two different languages.

I learned three things on that trip.

  • Men aren't as sharp as they think they are.
  • Texas ain't all that.
  • We all need a guide. We need someone to help us out in life.

I wonder how many of us today find ourselves with a major decision, unsure of which way to go. Life can get confusing. The rest of your life, whether you live 5 years or 50 years, is uncharted territory. Fortunately, God has not left us to figure out our life on our own. God wants to guide us through the hairpin turns and the rough terrain of our life.
Psalm 32:8 God says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."

Isaiah 58:11 says, "The Lord will guide you always;"
Isn't that great? God loves to guide us, but you have to ask Him, "Which way do you want me to go?"

Are you seeking what God wants for your life, or are you still pretty much doing your own thing and making all the decisions without asking God what He wants you to do? Let's take a minute or two and talk to God about the major decisions that you are facing. Ask Him to guide you today.

Time Out:

1. What major decisions are you facing today?

2. What small decisions are you facing today?

3. Look up John 16:12-13. When you became a Christian, God placed His Holy Spirit inside of you to guide you through this life, so you make the best decisions possible with God. How do you think this works?

What I have found to be true is that the Holy Spirit speaks through my gut. I ask God, "Which way do you want me to go?" If I feel a peace about going in a certain direction, then that is the direction I go. I make sure that I am not doing something that God has already commanded me not to do in the Bible. God will never tell me to do one thing and tell me to do the opposite in His word. If I am unsure about a certain direction because it just doesn't feel right in my gut, I don't do anything until I feel the peace of God in my life. I hope this helps.

John 16:13, "When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future."