I was walking into work one morning and a delivery man from a supermarket had his van parked on the side of the road and appeared lost and approached me to ask for directions. It turned out that the road he was looking for is the road that I live on and he was only two minutes away from it. I started pointing in the direction of the road to show him the way. I noticed that while I was explaining the directions to him, he was not paying attention but continued to look at his phone. To get his attention I asked him if he was listening to what I was saying. He pointed at the phone and mentioned that he was looking at the map.
I felt the need to qualify my experience and said to him, “look the road you’re looking for is where I live so I am showing you the way to go.” He then appeared to gain some confidence in what I was saying and looked up. I showed him that all he needed to do was drive a few metres up and take the second right turn. In fact the road was in eye shot of where we were and he repeated my instructions as it was clearly explained.
As I walked away I thought, what’s the point in asking for direction if he wasn’t going to listen for the instructions? Then the Holy Spirit said to me, “how many times do we do that to God?” How many times do we ask God for an answer but we continue intently searching the internet for expert advise or look for answers from different sources. We ask a friend or a loved one and other sources and at times we lean on our own understanding.
At other times we don’t even ask God for direction. God is all knowing, omnipotent, omnipresent and he knows the end from the beginning. We must trust him and ask him for direction when we feel lost. Let God lead and when he orders our steps we will have great success. Ask God to direct you and seek his face when you need to know the way to go and then listen when he speaks.
God sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; (Isaiah 40:22)