I was given a global positioning system (GPS) unit recently to help find our way while traveling. I had never had a problem with getting lost before because I’ve never hesitated to stop and ask for directions. (I’ve got better things to do than waste time being lost.)
Sometimes the directions given by GPS units are incomplete or confusing, if not inaccurate. A relative’s granddaughter was ticketed for going the wrong way on a one-way street at the direction of her GPS unit. My brother-in-law also stated his faith in his GPS unit had gotten him lost (previously, he didn’t have a GPS unit to blame). Later, he commended my mother as being heaven-sent for giving him guidance that had helped him greatly.
While some GPS units use the term “recalculating” to indicate that a new route is being devised when a turn is missed, my unit told me to take a right turn and then another right turn whenever I missed a turn to get me back on the planned route.
Once, it actually took me down an alley and through a car dealership somewhere in Arkansas to get me straightened out — amazing! After several missed turns, it seems the lady in the box actually did get tired of repeating herself and finally told me to make a U-turn. I feared she might eventually get to a point of stress that she said, “OK, bucko, you’re on your own.”
When we put our faith in the wrong places we will be let down, if not lost altogether. To stay on the right course, we need to judge whatever advice we get against the road signs themselves because they are the law. All other sources of information can be faulty or misunderstood, whether modern technology or an individual who is generally trustworthy. (Yes, it’s sad, but some of us should question even what our own mother says.)
When it comes to our religious education, we need to use God’s word — the Bible — to verify everything we’re taught. When we do that, God will help us stay on the right track and we’ll be regarded as noble (Acts 17: 11) and we won’t end up wasting our eternity being lost in hell (downtown St. Louis is bad enough!).
When we don’t, we’ll get off track and it can take repentance and considerable recalculating to get straightened out.
Repentance is often described as taking a U-turn in life. When I heard that recently, I thought to myself, “U-turns are usually illegal.” Two wrongs never make a right. In obeying one of God’s commands we’re never to break another of God’s rules. A good end is never so important as to justify an improper means (1 Samuel 15: 1-3, 7-9, 13-26; Romans 3: 7, 8; 6: 1-23).
To make sure you’re not going the wrong way down the one-way street in life read your Bible every day. That’s your only completely trustworthy guide to heaven.
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at: