Our GPS – Godliness Positioning System

“Because My people have forgotten Me…they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways…to walk in pathways and not on a highway…” Jeremiah 18:15

Professing Christians, including many who truly belong to the Lord as His people, end up walking in paths they create for themselves, rather than the way of the Lord. They are children of light, walking in darkness. They are servants of Christ, but they serving their own interests and their own desires. They have taken a wrong turn. They are, to use Jeremiah’s language, walking in “pathways and not on a highway.”

We must understand that this happens to true children of God. It can happen to you. It can happen to me. God’s people forget Him. They are redeemed sheep, but wandering from the fold. They are living life far below the expectations of the Bible. They go their own way, not God’s way. We likely see such travelers in church on Sunday. For a moment they appear to be on the King’s highway. But a closer look at their hearts and lives would reveal a very different path. They are not walking in the good way (1 Kings 8:36), but rather are standing in the path of sinners (Psalm 1:1).

What are these pathways that true children of God often go wandering down? They are many. Churchlessness is becoming a common path. There is also the pathway of simple disobedience and sin, doing that which God forbids. How many adulteries and lies and dishonesties and dishonorings of parents and the Lord’s day and grumblings and cursings and complainings and drunkeness often characterize the child of God? There are the pathways of unwise associations with unbelievers, immoral entertainments, unkind words and thoughts, bitterness, stubbornness, unforgiveness, and lust. And when these are continued without repentance for days, weeks, months and even years…then it can be said they walk “in pathways and not on a highway.”

Christians must constantly be looking to God’s Word for the right way to go. Scripture is our highway map. the Bible is our GPS, our Godliness Positioning System. We must reject our own ways and all that is right in our own eyes, and walk with God. We must put sin to death. “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil (Proverbs 16:17).” We must strive to live entirely consecrated lives to the Lord. That is the “highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8)” which Isaiah spoke of.

Have we opened our Bible and turned on our GPS today? Are we following Christ? Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).” There is really only One Highway, and His name is Jesus Christ. “This is the way, walk in it (Isaiah 30:21).”

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