Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I received this offer tucked into our Reader's Digest magazine.  It's not the first time someone has tried to market a GPS device to me.  Sometimes I answer online surveys, and one of the perks for doing that is that I get a chance to win something... like a GPS device, or a toaster, or a new laptop.  It's doubtful I'll ever win something, and I really don't care.  I fill out the surveys for the fun of it.

With the numerous offers of a GPS device coming at me, it's made me think about it.  Would I want one?  How important would it be to me to have something on my dashboard that lets me know where I am, and in what direction I'm heading, and how soon I'll be approaching a coffee shop?  

The thing is, I like maps.  I like to figure out where we are by looking at the signs and the landmarks.  

The other thing is, I hate talking computers.  I studiously avoid going to those self-checkouts that admonish me to hurry up and "Put the item in the bag."  Even though the computer voice thanks me for shopping at Zehrs, I'd far rather wait in line for a checkout girl.  The computer-generated talking is far too annoying.  

My car is equipped with a direction indicator on the mirror, and I like that.  (It doesn't try to talk to me...it just lights up with a N, S, E or W!)  With that feature and a map handy, I highly doubt I'll ever get lost.  And I'll never have to put up with a nasty computer voice telling me to "turn right at the next intersection".  Ugh.

So, what's the spiritual application here?  (You knew it was coming!)

God is the greatest GPS system in the universe.  Not only does He know where I am at each and every moment of my entire life, He knows where I've been, and where I am going.  

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; whehe has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

I can't hide from Him, and He leads me in paths of righteousness.  

Psalm 23: 2, 3 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul.
He  leads me in  paths of righteousness 
for his name's sake.

And one of my favourite passages of Scripture makes it plain...God knows everything about me.  He always knew.  He will always know.  I can never be lost.  I will never be forgotten.

What a precious thought!

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

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Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;


Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,


For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. [1]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.


How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.


Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain! [2]
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.


Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts! [3]
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! [4]

1 comment:

  1. Yay for offers!! ;) I don't even look at mine. I just grab the magazine out of the bag, take out the two or three offers that are tucked inside the mag, and toss them all without looking!

    I don't want a GPS, either. But, I'm glad that God is the orignal!


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