New Living Translation (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
How many times do we have several persons in the car at one time and each one has a different way of getting where you are going? How frustrated do you become as the driver as each person’s gives their valid opinion on which way you should take on your journey? Is it not near impossible to focus or get a defined direction to go? This happens every day in life as we seek out answers to our life’s dilemmas.
We ask for directions from several sources and then there are the “people in the car” who just feel the need to tell you where to go even without asking. We get so wrapped up in needing answers to all of life’s questions and we feel like we need them on demand. When will we ever stop and ask God first? When will be begin to stop doubting the things God is doing in our lives?
Stubborn as I may be, I am learning very quickly that my only source for answers should be God. I know when I hear His voice. I know I when receive His direction for my life. I am fully aware of when I am strolling off in the wrong direction; I feel it in my gut. Until recently I would seek out a bazillion people for answers to my situation and what I discovered was that everyone comes from various walks of life. Everyone has a different answer through their own hurts and doubts. I may have been searching for help but really I was just tainting my mind with all sorts of altered directions. By the time I was done asking for everyone’s directions I was so lost I could not see straight.
As God began a work in me I finally realized it was all about Him and Him alone. He has already planned out my life and He is the only direction I need. By diving into the Word of God and seeking His face at church and revival meetings I have learned to zone in on how God gives me directions and lean less on the opinions of others. I get caught up in Him and nothing else begins to matter. I value my friends and I know they also hear from God, however, as I am drawing ever closer to God I am depending more and more on my inner spirit to guide me. As I begin to see what God is unfolding before my eyes, I know beyond the shadow of doubt that I am headed towards my destiny.
So my lesson in all of this is simple. There needs to be one driver and one driver only in our lives and it needs to be God. Sure it’s okay to seek friends for confirmation but the main map needs to be straight from God. Remember that He has your life planned out already and who better to get directions from? Let Him lead. Let Him be your roadmap. Trust in His way for your life.