John 14:26-27 (NIV)
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Many people in the Western world now use GPSs for navigational purposes. It is really a fantastic tool. You set the address or coordinates into the tiny computer, and it tells you what road to take, how many miles or kilometers it is, and even how long it will take you to get there. It can tell you where there is gas and food, it can even tell you where the nearest hospital can be found!
Truly a wonderful device.
But anyone who has a GPS knows that it can also be a frustrating tool. Once you program a route, there is no stopping. Even if you just pull off the road at a rest area or gas station, you immediately hear the annoying voice of the GPS telling you that you are no longer on the intended route. If you continue in your "wayward" way, the GPS will ask you repeatedly to make a U-turn, and if you persist in ignoring it, it will continuously tell you to turn right or left, trying to get you back to the original route.
Once off the path the GPS will NOT STOP telling you to get back to the intended route unless you either turn it off, cancel your trip or hit the "mute" button. The GPS is very much like the Holy Spirit.
God has given us a guide. God's Spirit will guide us. He will keep us on the right path. But we can choose to "press the mute" button! We can ignore God's Spirit and continue to do our own thing.
The problem is, the consequences could be more harmful than turning down the volume on the GPS! The worst that can happen with the GPS is that you get lost! But if I ignore God's Spirit, if I continue to go my own way, despite the warnings and heedings of the Holy Spirit, you will also get lost-spiritually lost! you will quickly fall into sin, you will miss opportunities to witness, you will miss opportunities to help others, and you will make wrong decisions, ones that can have lasting consequences, to name a few.
If your GPS annoys you, go ahead, turn down the volume. But if God's Spirit is letting you know that you are taking a step in the wrong direction, give Him your FULL attention!
Dear Lord, we thank You for given us our very own GPS. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that leads us and guides us. Help us to follow your directions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.