Getting lost with great directions

I wrote a devotional for our middle schoolers at RUMC.  This will be in their summer booklet, but I thought I'd share it with you too!

Scripture: Psalm 119:105-106

So recently I got a new snazzy phone.  I lost my other one so it just made sense to get a "better" phone.  Among other really cool things, this phone has a GPS capability.  How cool is that?  I can punch an address into the phone, it'll pop up a map and even show me where I am at any given time!  Well, my first opportunity to use it, I was so excited I told my wife about it.  Cheryl was not as excited.  She made me promise that if I'm driving my car, I couldn't play with my phone.  Her reasoning was that if I was constantly looking at my phone, I wouldn't know where I was and it would just be dangerous.  So, I had to watch the road.  I agreed, although secretly I decided I'd still use my phone at stop signs.  Sooooo, basically I set off looking for a house in Hoover for a Bible Study, using my snazzy phone.

It didn't take 10 minutes before I was lost.  It turns out, Cheryl was right.  I was so busy looking at the directions on the phone that I had no sense of direction and missed turns.  In fact, finding the house was suddenly a lower priority for me than trying to use my phone correctly.

This is not just true with my snazzy phone, but also true with my walk with Christ.  We, as Christians, have to be careful that we don't try so hard to pay attention to our snazzy methods that we miss out on the one we are trying to get to: Jesus.  In the Bible, you find these people called Pharisees - Jesus had a lot to say to them, but his main beef with the Pharisees is that they were trying so hard to make good directions to get to God that they totally missed the mark and had lost God completely!  In Psalm 119, the Bible says God's word will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.  God's word helps get us on the right track - our GPS - but the important thing really is where you are going.  Don't lock in so hard to your map, GPS, snazzy phone, that you forget who you are looking for - our savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer: God, thank you for leading me on your paths.  May your word guide me all the days of my life.  But Lord, also help me to not be so wrapped up in the directions that I miss you and forget where I'm going.  Because you Jesus, are our GPS!  Thank you for always being with me.