Going Deeper with the Message:
God Doesn’t Give Bad Directions
by: Michelle Lemley, Nursery Coordinator
My husband loves to tell the story of getting directions from a friend in college. She told him to go to her hometown, and turn left at the Sheetz. The only problem was, her hometown had four Sheetz stations. Not to mention the fact that she hadn’t told him which direction to enter town from, so “turn left” became problematic, especially after trying and failing at several intersections. When my husband finally gave up and called the friend’s father to ask for clarification, her dad apparently laughed and said, “Oh no, never take directions from her. I’ll come find you and lead you in.”
Giving directions can be hard. You have to think of everything from someone else’s point of view; someone who hasn’t been to that place and isn’t familiar with the landmarks—someone who may be scared and lost. And as humans, we make mistakes. Lots of them. So, it’s not surprising that sometimes we give bad directions. We can’t always imagine what the other person will need or how to guide them.
On Sunday, Pastor Tim introduced a new sermon series by starting from the beginning—as in, Genesis. And in his introduction to Genesis 1, he discussed the importance of our belief in God. Without this belief, we are alone in the universe. There is no objective right and wrong. Every decision or moral question is left up to the individual who may have a different viewpoint and therefore may make mistakes. There is no purpose or hope. Everything is left up to fate.
But because we believe in God, we have someone to pray to, and we can have faith that those prayers are being heard. Because we believe, we know that God is there to tell us right from wrong, and He has given us directions in the form of His Word. Because we believe that we were made in His image, we know that He has given us an innate sense of right and wrong. Because we are connected to Him in this way, we have the opportunity to learn the purpose He has for us, and to make a true impact on the world.
With God giving us directions, we will reach our destination as He has designed, and if we ever get lost and have trouble following these directions, all we have to do is call upon Him and ask for help, and our faith ensures that He will be there to show us the way.
Living out the Message: