Easy access to GPS has truly changed how we get from here to there. Used to be we would listen carefully to someone’s directions, or for a longer trip we made sure we had maps. I am so impressed with the pioneers of old. They didn’t have maps, but once they returned, they could lead others back with them.
I for one love the freedom GPS provides, but have often pondered: what if the satellite system that powers them went down? A lot of people would be lost.
Not long before Jesus left earth He told His followers: “You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:2 NIV) Paraphrasing the response here: ‘hold on, we don’t know where you’re headed, how can we know the way?’
None of His followers wanted Him to leave them. They had grown to love Him, respect Him, trust Him, believe He was Messiah. Leave? Why would He leave? And what would they do without Him? Ah, there’s the really cool part. He had to leave to fulfill the prophecy of the Bible. He was visibly leaving earth – but He never said He was leaving them. In fact, He told them: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NIV)
But how can He be gone and be with us? “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1Corinthians 6:19a NIV)
The Holy Spirit, a gift from God, put in us to show us the way. The way to live. The way to pray. The way to understand the Bible. The way to share Jesus. The way to navigate through life’s ups and downs. The way to where Jesus is and we shall someday be.
I need that. A constant companion, who – if I will only listen – will make sure I don’t lose my way. He travels with us – to work, at the dinner table, around the corner or across the sea. He never leaves us. He is a very present help in trouble and peace in the storms. He is joy in the midst of sorrow and He is strength when ours has vanished.
Better than GPS is GHS – God’s Holy Spirit. With Him we are never lost.
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