ONE FALSE TURN…
It was a new car with a new navigation system, and we were living near the top of a mountain. We were told that our home was well over 5,500 feet above sea level. To reach our front steps was a major driving project. The road twisted and turned and included several “switchbacks” – instant “U” turns. At times it seemed as though the turns were much tighter than a paper clip.
As we sat and struggled to program our “nav system” before beginning this journey, our hearts beat with excitement. It was a new experience, and we were anxious to learn if it worked. After many mistakes and several minutes, a voice “came from the clouds” and said: “Proceed to the nearest major highway.” It was frightening! What next, we thought.
As we started down the mountain, the little arrow that was intended to point us in the direction started to go around in circles. It was spinning as though it could not determine where we were to go. This was certainly not a “confidence builder.” But, we started down the mountain, twisting and turning, and when we arrived at the highway, that same voice said, “Turn right and proceed 7.4 miles to Highway 16, and left on Highway 21.” It was correct, and our faith grew.
Trust and confidence are the most critical factors when looking for directions – especially our directions for life. Solomon assured us that “the integrity of the upright guides them.” To live with Integrity means that we are obedient to all of the commands and directions in the Bible.
Consider Joseph: He was a man of great integrity, yet suffered greatly for being obedient. In the end, however, he was able to say: “God meant it for good! Look at these results!”
Prayer: Guide us and guard us, Lord, and give us courage to be obedient as we seek and follow Your way. Fill us with Your Spirit who will protect us from evil. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.