Summer characteristically comes with an increase in outings and adventures. Identifying your starting point as well as your desired destination are two key components to successful travel. Thankfully, numerous devices help us identify detours, scenic routes, alternate routes, the most direct routes and routes to avoid. A little guidance can go a long way in reaching a desired destination with accuracy, safety and a sense of well-being.
Spiritually, God invites us on an adventure with Him. This journey also necessitates that we consider our starting point – where we are spiritually (Genesis 3:9). Identifying where we are helps clarify our current route. For example, are we lost, off course due to a detour, caught up on a scenic route, stuck with little movement, going in the wrong direction, in neutral, or on track?
After you have identified where you are, consider where you want to go spiritually. If you’re lost, Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Inviting Him into your heart enables you to be found. If you are off course, ask God to take over; He will guide and instruct you in the way you should go (Psalm 32:8). And if you want to maximize your adventure with Him, draw close to Him (James 4:8) and trust His lead!
Here are a few practical pointers for maximizing the adventure of a lifetime:
1. Fix your focus on Him (Hebrews 12:1-2). If following Him is your destination, you will not get lost.
2. Let Him determine the route to take. Isaiah 55 reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways. We discover His ways as we look to His Word (Proverbs 3: 5-6), dwell on His Word (Philippians 4:8), and pray according to His Word (Luke 22:42).
3. Recognize and rely upon the provision of God’s Spirit, who has been given to guide in truth all who invite Christ into their lives (John 16:13).
4. If you have taken a detour, are headed in the wrong direction, or have been in neutral far too long, talk it over with the God. Acknowledge wrong turns (1 John 1:9), adjust your course (Philippians 3:12-14), and resume a right relationship with Him. Focus forward!
5. Finally, ask God to open your eyes to the adventure at hand (Psalm 119:18) – where you currently are, and where He is yet to lead.