Which Is Right? (Psalms 73:23-24)

The other evening, I braved the rush hour traffic to attend an event that began at 6PM in downtown Los Angeles.  As I started my trip, I had both the car navigation and a navigation app on my cell phone running and plotted my course, cautiously optimistic that I would arrive within the projected time of one hour. Both were audio instructions and within a mile after starting, the directions began to diverge. I was faced with a dilemma. Which navigation system should I chose? While my cell phone app supposedly provided real time updates based upon traffic conditions, the car navigation had always been a reliable guide. I decided to follow the cell phone app but kept the car navigation running. The phone app re-routed me through numerous side streets, away from the main freeways. Each time it did, the car navigation system would recalculate the route. Even until the last block, both systems were not in sync. I arrived at the event in an hour and a half, thirty minutes later than initially projected.

 

Two guidance systems, same destination, but completely different routes. Which is right? I could second guess each system, assuming that a real time app would be more accurate but unless someone drove the other route at the same time and compared the times of the trip, it is an unanswerable question!

 

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

Psalms 73:23-24 (ESV)

 

There are many times in my life when I have been given prayerful guidance and advice by caring brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. I am always appreciative of their love and willingness to bear my burdens. However, on rare occasions, I have received seemingly contradictory advice. Like the navigation programs, I am left in a quandary over which path to choose. In these circumstances, I must prayerfully consider the advice given and seek the end goal of bringing glory to God. When He is honored, it does not matter which path I undertake, like the navigation system, the final destination is the same.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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