Employing God's GPS

January 03, 2018 at 8:29 AM

Residents of N'Dali, Benin, worship together during Drs. Brent and Cindy Van Andel's most recent trip to the country.  (Photos submitted)

(Editor’s note: Dr. Brent Van Andel, and his wife, Cindy, are on a Partnership Ministry Team to N’Dali, Benin. Both are family medicine physicians in Española, N.M. Cindy is also a member of the Luke Society Board of Directors.)

Employing God's GPS

By Brent Van Andel

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” — Isaiah 30:21

One of the things that really made a difference in our travels this past year was GPS. 

Cindy and I started using the GPS on my phone during our trips to different places around the country. It was so nice just to plug in the destination of where we wanted go. We simply listened to the voice on our phone giving us step by step directions of how to get there.

In addition, if we wanted to do a certain activity or eat at a certain restaurant, we just did a search on the phone.

Needless to say, this made a significant difference in the amount of time we spent discussing what the right way to go actually was. We simply turned on our phone and enjoyed the trip to our destination.

GPS has revolutionized the way we travel and how we get from one place to another. It is a blessing that many of us can enjoy.

But we also have another type of GPS that is even more important as we travel on this journey called life.

God promises to give us direction. One of the most important ways he does this is through his Word.

It makes sense that in a marriage, to travel in the right direction and get to the right destination, we need to be using God’s GPS.

But we can also apply this in ministry. Many of the Luke Society ministries throughout the world begin their days with a time of devotion. They devote themselves to Scripture reading, prayer and worship.

What a tremendous example that we can apply in our families, churches, small groups and even places of employment.

If each of us as individuals are diligently seeking God’s will for our lives, then truly together we can ask, “Where next, Lord?” and trust that his voice will be the voice that guides as a body into 2018 and beyond.


Next story:

January GAP newsletter