[ecko_quote source="Isaiah 30:21"] And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left[/ecko_quote]
One day my wife asked me to drop her at a particular school in South Auckland. Since this area was unfamiliar, I chose to use my map booklet rather than Google maps on my phone. Because there were newly added roads my map book was of no use to me in this instance. I was left with no choice but to use Google Map -App to proceed further. The Google Maps asked me two questions. The first was about my current location and the second was about my destination. As soon as I filled my current location and destination details it immediately showed me the travel time, kilometers and current traffic situation. The App kept speaking to me and gave me instructions I needed to reach my destination. This process taught me a spiritual significance and a lesson for my Christian journey towards our Lord.
As men and women of God, we must know our current location first, in other words, our current spiritual condition. Unless this position is confirmed, we will not go to our destination that is towards our Lord. Hence, we should first examine ourselves and ask the Lord to search our hearts. Unfortunately, people refuse to know their true position not knowing that it would become a hurdle to their journey. Revelation 3:17 states that “You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked”. My dear ones it is better for us to know our true current position and ask God for forgiveness when we still have time. Once we know our current position we can set our journey towards our Lord otherwise, we would be called “lost”.
Secondly, during the course our journey we needed to follow the instructions otherwise we would not have reached our destination. Many of us are reluctant to hear the whispering voice of the Holy Spirit and refuse to yield completely to the Lord. In the Old Testament Israelites on their journey to the promised land murmured in their tents and did not heed to the voice of the Lord (Psalm 106:25). As a result, their journey took 40 years instead of a month because of their disobedience. Sadly, all of the Israelites from twenty years old and above died in the wilderness except Joshua and Caleb. Similarly, when we refuse to obey the voice of God we just prolong our journey and may even fall as Israelites.
Therefore, my dear ones obey the instructions as instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is. Delayed obedience is disobedience. The only way we can obey is to obey” in the self-same day “as Abraham did. It’s better to do this way than not to do it at all. A postponed duty can never bring the full blessing that God intended as it would have brought if done at the earliest possible moment. Martin Luther says that” a true believer will crucify the question, ‘Why?’ He will obey without questioning.
When we look at the lives of many great men and women of God in the Bible we can see that each one of them had to follow a long, arduous road. But it led to a wonderful place, to a wonderful conclusion, to nothing less than heaven itself. George Matheson says that even through sorrow, hardship, and fiery trials, the road is still leading home – and we need to keep walking by faith and not by feeling or sight. Always remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ is walking with you.