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Written by: Steve Crowder
From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.
January 20, 2016
Every choice has a consequence. Every decision…every road we travel…takes us somewhere. We desperately need God’s guidance because left to ourselves we tend to crash…or end up at the wrong destination. But God gives us a promise seen in Exodus 33:14 out of the Message Translation: “God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll SEE the journey to the end.” This past Sunday, as we continued in our Road Map series at Highway, I shared how we need to get a higher perspective of our life. Kind of like how a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) can help pinpoint your exact location on a map, and then literally help give you step by step instructions (thanks to our good friends at Google) so that you arrive at your destination of choice in a timely manner. After all, don’t we all want to know where we’re at? I can’t tell you the number of times that one or more of my children would ask on a vacation for me to inform them where we were…even if there wasn’t a hint of civilization anywhere around. “Dad, where are we?” And as every good dad so wittingly replies… “Right here, son!” Right here…that’s a pretty important revelation isn’t it. Truthfully most of us live with our thoughts in the future. The ‘what if’ moments or the ‘someday I will’ seasons. I’m reminded of a moment like this in the early history of mankind…all the way back to a couple who were learning the ropes of agriculture and animal husbandry. Yeah, they found themselves in bit of a pickle. You see God had told them that every fruit bearing plant in the garden was there for their enjoyment…all except one. And that one needed to be avoided at all costs. It’s a powerful story in the third chapter of Genesis, so I would highly encourage you to read it if you haven’t already. But, this couple decide they have a better plan than God. They chose their own WAY verses God’s plan…God’s WAY and ultimately realize that their choice was highly problematic. As a result, reality of their shame and insufficiencies surfaced causing them to run and hide as best they could. As God walks through the garden, He asks a simple but life altering question: “Adam, where are you?” Now, I’ve never bought into the notion that Adam was the creator and champion of the first game ever of hide-and-seek with God. It’s kind of like that moment when your kid at four of five years old stands behind a couch with half his body exposed telling you, the parent, to come find them. They think that they’re invisible to you, but that’s just not the reality of the moment. No, I think it was more of a G.P.S. moment. I believe the real question God was asking Adam that dark day was, “Adam, do YOU know where you are?” You have taken the wrong road…and now heaven will have to recalculate your trip to get humanity back on track again. And God did just that. That’s what the Bible stands as a beautiful narrative of…heaven taking it’s perspective of mankind’s location and recalculating a new path to get us to God’s desired destination. Maybe heaven is speaking to you now…asking you to realize that the path that you are on might not lead you to where you want to go. The blue dot is blinking on the map. Can you see it? Learning where you are does not have to mean that you have failed…just means you took a detour. Allow the ‘cloud’ to move and choose to pack up the tent and follow. Open the door to Jesus’ guidance…after all, He is THE Way! Sure, it requires some faith and trust to let God guide you, but the destination you end up at will be well worth the effort. Let God’s plan for your life become your plan as well today.