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Whose voice do we follow as we journey through life?

Okay, I admit it – I'm directionally challenged. I can get lost in a cul-de-sac. North, south, east, and west mean nothing to me. That's why my husband bought me a Global Positioning System (GPS) for Christmas last year. Apparently he likes it when I return home after speaking events.

A left turn would have plastered our car against a steep hillside.

Our GPS accompanied us on our trip through Montana and Alberta last month. We programmed one destination after another into the system and then trusted it to tell us where to go. One morning, while driving through the mountains, the GPS addressed us in a polite female voice: “In 80 meters, turn right.” I scanned the road, looking for the predicted right turn but saw only a sharp drop-off with a small cluster of houses about 100 feet below. Following her directions would have plunged us through a stranger's roof.

A moment later, the lady said, “In 60 meters, turn left.” Wrong again. A left turn would have plastered our car against a steep hillside.

Then she went berserk. “In 120 meters, turn….in 40 meters turn…in 400 meters turn…” My imagination went berserk, too. Imagine the ride if we'd followed her directions! We might have survived but not without a few bumps and bruises. Reaching our destination would have been like trying to accomplish mission impossible.

Our GPS misadventure raised an important question in my mind: Whose voice do we follow as we journey through life? If we listen to popular culture, we're doomed for trouble. Its voice tells us that instant gratification is good, so don't postpone sex for marriage if it's available now. It says we have a right to feel happy and comfortable, so avoid circumstances that require personal sacrifice or inconvenience. It says we ought to follow our hearts or worship the goddess within rather than follow truth and worship the living God who created us for relationship with Himself. Listening to this voice yields only pain and regret.

If left to our own spiritual devices, we're probably all somewhat directionally challenged. That's why the voice we choose to follow is critically important. God's voice, not popular culture, is the one we ought to heed; He'll never send us in the wrong direction. He guides us in the path of righteousness so we can enjoy His presence and peace. He teaches us wisdom, and He tells us what He values. So long as we follow His voice, we'll stay on the right road.

I choose to follow God's voice on my journey through life. How about you?

Grace Fox lives on the west coast of B.C. where her husband is the program director at a Christian camp. The mother of three children, Grace has chronicled her journey of trust in three devotional books entitled 10-Minute Time Outs for Moms; 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women; 10-Minute Time Outs for You & Your Kids and also her latest, Moving from Fear to Freedom. Her website is:

Originally published in Growing with Grace, November 2008.




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