WRIGHT WAY: The GPS of life
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
May 23, 2012 | 1773 views | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Having no sense of direction you would think I would be the first person to own a GPS in my car. Not so. I barely own a cellphone. I try not to be the first or the last to do anything.

Besides, are you hearing some of the wild reports coming from around the world about people and their global positioning systems? A recent report told of a British driver who “followed the device’s instructions as it led him off the road and on to a narrow public footpath. Heading down the steep, rocky trail, he continued blindly obeying commands until the point when the front of his vehicle ran up against a thin wire fence, inches from a 100-foot drop.

“‘It kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it,’” Robert Jones explained after the incident. According to the Brisbane Times, Japanese tourists visiting Australia set out to drive to North Stradbroke Island on the Australian coast. The three, who are students from Tokyo, mapped out their path on their GPS system, but their faith in GPS proved to be a costly mistake. They drove straight into the Pacific! The map forgot to show the 9 miles of water and mud between the island and the mainland. Yuzu Noda, a 21-year-old student from Tokyo, said she was listening to the GPS and “it told us we could drive down there. It kept saying it would navigate us to a road.”

Then there was the trio of Washington state women who were fortunate to escape injury when their GPS device directed them to drive into the water — and they did. KIRO-TV, Seattle reported the women said they were driving in Bellevue when the GPS instructed them to make a U-turn that took them down a boat ramp and into a lake at Mercer Slough. Neither of her friends stopped her. Hopefully, any GPS mishap of yours will be nothing like these.

In all of these incidents, however, I am wondering at what point did common sense end and too much faith in technology begin? I mean, really — there is a body of water ahead of you! At what point do you say to yourself, “I trust what the GPS says more than what I see?” Why are people choosing to ignore the obvious? It is one thing as a Christian to walk by faith, not by sight — but to drive by faith, not by sight — is that too much? Has faith in technology reached the same heights as faith in God for some people?

I make the comparison because there were a few occasions when God led His people directly into water, but unlike your GPS, this was no accident. One occasion was at the Red Sea. The other was at the Jordan River. In both cases, when God led the Israelites, it fortified the faith of every man, woman and child who put their trust in God. How so? Joshua 4:23-24 says, “The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” — New International Version.

More importantly, these miracles magnified Jehovah’s holy name in all the earth, according to Exodus 9:15-16. Today, Christians are reminded at Revelation 7:17, that Jesus Christ, as the Lamb of God, “shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life.” — Douay-Rheims Version. This requires faith in Jesus as the “the way, the truth and the life,” as John 14:6 says.

Such trust will never lead to disappointment nor will we ever be truly lost as long as we follow God’s Word. As Psalm 48:14 says, “This God is our God forever and ever; he will lead us for all time to come.” — Good News Translation. Granted, a GPS is much better than a compass. I prefer it over those foldout maps or even to asking for directions. But to trust in an automated system to the point of following it beyond common sense is a sharp detour onto the road of credulity rather than faith. When we are led by God’s Word, there is a proven intelligence beyond all human wisdom that will safeguard our soul and become “a light to those who are in darkness,” according to Romans 2:19.

It offers humans the truth that leads to eternal life, a life that leads to eternal happiness and a happiness that leads to unending blessings because of trusting in God’s superior wisdom. Why not read the Bible daily and experience it for yourself. Here’s a hot news flash: Nevada has become the first state in the nation to allow self-driving cars, navigated by artificial intelligence, to carry passengers from one destination to another.

With this new autopilot technology, I am reminded of the words of Louis Gerstner, the former CEO of IBM, who said, “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love and understanding.” To increase your love, compassion and understanding, it is important to know the real GPS of life: God Provides Salvation. Why not try following that.