Directional Signs

March 8, 2003
by Gerry O'Brien

Isaiah 48:17b – I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. (NIV)

While travelling home on the highway, I looked at the directional signs saying to go this way for that place, that way for over there, and straight ahead for a long trip. It made me think of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I thought, if I follow that arrow, it will lead me astray, only a short distance, but nevertheless astray. If I followed the arrow that pointed straight ahead, I would go a long way out of my way before I could turn around and head home again. To get home, I would have to take the "that way for over there" road to go there directly, without having to turn around or look for new directions.

It struck me at that moment that God's directions for us are all written plainly in his Book of Directions, the Holy Bible. As surely as the Department of Highways gives us road signs to follow, God gives us guidelines to follow.

It is true that most of us have taken the wrong road and gone "astray" at times, but if we go to God's Book of Directions, the Holy Bible, we will always find the right "directions" to get to the place we need most at that time. Invariably we will find ourselves "home", safe in the knowledge that Jesus Christ is with us, even though we have strayed. We will also find our way "home" when our Saviour returns on Judgement Day.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, we thank You for giving us constant direction. Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes and ears open to seeing Your "signs" and to hearing Your voice. Give us Your gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, Father, to enable us better to follow Your directions. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Gerry O'Brien
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Canada

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