Years ago, I used to have a Rand McNally road atlas. That was the GPS of my early years. That atlas had maps of every state, detailing the major highways and byways available for travel. I used it for directions for a long time as we traveled around the country. But there are some inherent problems with maps. First, you have to know where you are in order for the map to be any use at all. Second, not every road was on the map. Only those roads that the publisher thought were large enough or important enough were included. Finally, if you knew where you were and where you were going, there were at least 50 different routes available for you to get there! Using GPS these days in your car or on your phone is so much easier! It tells you where you are, it shows you where you want to go, and it maps out the best route to get there!! I would never go back to maps!!!
Sometimes, our spiritual journey seems like we are using maps. We want to rush forward to where we think we want to go. Unfortunately, we don’t know where we are on the journey, and we don’t have clarity about where we are headed. We need to pause and consult the GPS-for-life, which God has given us the Holy Spirit. When we become Christ-followers, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.
1 John 4:13
And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will serve as a guide for us in the areas of truth and direction for our lives.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.
The Holy Spirit will help us to understand the truth of God’s Word and how it relates to our relationship with God and to our life in this world. When we read, study, and understand God’s Word and believe its truth, it equips us to face the ups and downs of our lives. It helps us to react to those events in a way more like Jesus would have us do. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the map of our life by showing us where we are on the journey and helping us to follow the direction that God wants us to travel and then helps us to see the best pathway to make progress in that direction. We need to hit the pause button in our life from time to time, listen to the truth of God’s Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to live out that truth like Jesus did.
What role does God’s Word play in how you set the direction of your life?
When do you ask for the Holy Spirit to help you with understanding God’s Word or God’s direction for your life?
What events in your life need to be viewed through the lens of God’s Word in order for you to react as Jesus would?
Take time this week to read God’s Word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you with your understanding and application of the truth.
Attend Growth Track and learn about the spiritual journey in more detail. This experience will help you know where you are on “the map” of your life’s journey and provide help in understanding God’s direction for your life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit in my life. Help me to pause and take time to read your Word and listen to the Holy Spirit as he seeks to help me understand. I pray that your truth would equip me to respond to the events in my life as Jesus would. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.
This post was written by Terry McGraner. Terry is an engineer at Dana Corporation. He facilitates GrowthTrack and leads a Group at the South Toledo campus. He is married and the father of four adult sons. He loves spending time with his family and communicating the truth of God’s Word to make an impact in the lives of others.
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