Pointed In The Right Direction

Monday, August 21, 2017
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Proverbs 3:6 – Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

Though I could see the tower from my front porch, its being near did me little good.

My wife and I were living in a small town in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Like many others, we had decided to forego a landline and use our cellphones only. The trouble was that reception was terrible. Since I could see our provider's cell tower idling less than one mile away, I couldn't understand why I had to stand near a window or go outside for others to hear me clearly or to keep from dropping a call — until I called to complain.

"I'll put in a work order," the customer service representative said as I explained my dilemma.

A few months later, I called back to find out the results. "Well, the satellites on the tower are pointed away from you," I was told. "They always point them in the direction where the most people live."

"Can't you just send someone out to point them in my direction?" I queried.

She laughed and said, "It's not that easy."

At some point, I guess they did, because reception improved. It reminded me of how important it is to have things — myself included — pointed in the right direction. The wisdom writer thought so, too. Trusting in the Lord with all my heart and seeking His will in everything I do keeps me on the right path.

Being pointed in the right direction means that I have to walk by faith, where I use a sixth sense rather than the five that I normally use to interact with things and others. When I walk by faith, I proceed through disappointing times believing that God will construct things for the better in the end. When I walk by faith, I face financial setbacks with the hope that God will remain true to His Word and take care of my needs. Hitting relationship snags isn't a problem either. I believe that God will guide me through them as well by unkinking the kinks. Nor is needing daily guidance a problem for a future-seeing God. I may not be able to research the answers that I need, but the inner prompting of God's Spirit will give me insight.

Let's point our lives in the right direction. We'll be amazed by how straight our paths will become.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the promise of Your guidance when we set our sights on You. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Martin, for reminding us to follow God’s direction in our life choices. Blessings.

    Great analogy Martin – thank you!

    Amen and Blessings, Martin.
    Many thanks for your help.

    Dear Martin Wiles,
    I needed this devotion this morning.
    Keep writing,

    Hi Martin,
    Pointing in the right, God’s, direction is so important, you are right.
    Thank you for writing.

    Martin, I have the same thing with my internet. The port is too far away, they tell me.
    Fortunately, God’s guidance does not depend on distance away, either!
    Thanks for writing!

    Martin – I loved this devotional. The fact that I am having a terrible time with my own wi-fi here engaged me right away, but Proverbs 3 verses 5-6 is one of my favorites! Thanks for this message. Whoever put in the thought for the day, also did a great job – “faith is like wi-fi … it’s invisible but has to power to connect you to what you need”. God Bless you.

    Good word Martin.

    There is no other way but to trust and obey. The hymn writers so often hit the nail on the head.


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