During COVID, Tracie and I have undertaken quite a few bicycle rides to lose weight, with some success I might add.
Usually, the night before, I study the maps and include all the relevant waypoints so that we can complete our journey as intended. Unfortunately, with the sun blazing on the screen of the iPhone, it isn’t always easy to see the map, so we frequently arrive at junctions where the direction seems obvious and we just follow that.
However, I have found that just because it seems to be the right way, it isn’t always correct and before long we’ve taken an s-bend only to find ourselves pointing in a different direction. This has ended with us being 30km in the middle of nowhere with a broken bicycle, giving the repairer directions to the location we thought we were at, instead of the location we were actually at.
This reminds me of Proverbs 14:12: There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
And in Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus says: Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
In life, we will have many choices regarding which way to go, but the obvious choice is not always the right choice and it can end badly. The correct thing to do is follow the navigation directions. The Bible gives us clear directions regarding the life choices we should be making. When you are in the dark on what to do, the Bible will illuminate your way.
In Psalm 119:105, King David says: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. And in John 14:6, Jesus says: I am the way.
So when you come to those junctions in life, don’t just rely on human wisdom; ask God for guidance. If you have taken a wrong turn, his navigation will get you back on track, either by returning you to where you went wrong or by redirecting you.
If you want to get to the right destination, then follow the instructions; with God, there are no dead ends.