We Find Him at Every Turn Telling us Which Way to Go
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
The modern GPS navigations system illustrates the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Here’s how it works. The unit receives signals from 24 satellites orbiting earth and locates your position. You type in a destination, and the unit then maps out the best route to get you from your starting point to your ending point. Along the way, you hear step-by-step voice directions until you reach your final destination.
The voice for my system is female. I affectionately call her Mildred. She gets me where I need to go. The feature I like the most is the system’s ability to recalculate directions when I make a wrong turn or take the wrong exit off a highway.
Mildred doesn’t condemn me for not following her directions. She doesn’t call me stupid or berate me for making a mistake. She simply recalculates and gives me a new route to get me to my destination. This is what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. He charts a course to get us to our destination, a destination spelled out for us in Romans 8:29. “Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
Even though we know the destination, we are not capable of mapping out a course to get ourselves there. The Spirit guides us on this new journey. As we abide in him and trust in him, he directs our paths. And we find him at every turn telling us which way to go.
When we do get off course (and we will), the Holy Spirit faithfully recalculates our journey and continues his work of conforming us to the image of his Son. He does so without condemnation. He doesn’t manipulate us with fear and guilt. He uses our mistakes together for our good. He comforts our hearts with this amazing promise: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
You are not alone on your journey. God is with you every step of the way. His Spirit will get you to your destination. Trust him, rely on him, and live out what he is working in your life. Paul summed it up best.
My dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13).