Don’t you love the GPS—Global Positioning System! I certainly do!
A GPS shows you where you are and directs you to where you want to go. When you miss a turn there’s a voice that is quick to correct your mistake and to redirect you to get you back on track. If you’re careful and pay attention, the GPS prepares you for the next turn and gives you sufficient forewarning to get ready for any traffic-jams or construction that might slow down your journey.
Don’t you love God’s Positioning System—the Scripture! I certainly do! It does everything that a GPS does for your spiritual journey. Listen to Paul’s statement about Scripture written to Timothy:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
The Voice that speaks to us through the Scripture is none other than God himself. The Holy Spirit inspired the words when they were written and illuminates the words when they are read. God guides us and directs our spiritual journey through Scripture. You can’t be a Jesus follower journeying on The Way if you aren’t listening to the voice of God’s Spirit through Scripture.
The Spirit speaks through the Scripture in four ways: teach, rebuke, correct, and train. Want to find out where you are in your spiritual journey and get a look at where God wants you to go? Look at the Scripture that instructs us in The Way of Jesus Christ. God’s goal is that we become “men and women of God” that are equipped and prepared to do God’s work. Get into the Scripture and the Spirit will teach you.
Missed a turn in your spiritual journey? The Spirit will speak through the Scripture to convict you of your sin, your mistake, your fault, your short-comings. The voice you hear telling you to make a “U-turn” is the voice of God making sure that you know when you have deviated from The Way. But that same voice is there telling you how to get back on The Way by correcting you. Keeping you on The Way is the goal of training…making sure that you are prepared for any “traffic-jam” or “construction” that lies ahead.
God’s Positioning System—the Scripture—is available to us all. We have to turn it on and pay attention. Pick up your Bible and read it. [How are you doing with your 2010 Scripture project? I’m reading through the Old Testament in The Message and working through the Psalms!] Know how to listen to a sermon with faith and expectation? Take notes and write out an application! [See the new bulletins that are available on Sundays. They have a place for sermon notes.]
Want to learn how to study, memorize, meditate, and apply Scripture? Click here to go to our resources page where you can find articles on each of these basic skills.
The Psalmist reminds us that the righteous person delights in the Scripture and meditates on it constantly. If you are on The Way, I pray that God will give you a hunger and thirst for God’s Word and that you will find real joy…true happiness…in its truths. I pray that you will learn to repeat, consider, and apply the teachings of Scripture so that you will become a man or woman of God totally prepared to do God’s work.
On The Way w/ a GPS,
Scott Corwin, Pastor
Sunday’s Sermon Slides: Songs of Faith–The Way to True Happiness, Psalm 1