we went on a weekend road trip with
some friends, we had our first
experience of using a Global
Positioning System. The GPS has a
female voice, so our friends John
and Mary had called their device
"Gladys". We programmed our
destination into the GPS, and she
did her job and plotted our course.
Then we sat back. Having put our
faith in this little navigator, we
let her direct us.
right in 0.5 miles,” Gladys said
confidently. She was right—Gladys is
always right. In fact, when we made
an unexpected detour to get petrol,
she got a bit insistent: “Please
make a U-turn . . . Please make a
U-turn at your earliest
calculated a route for us, but we
had gone a different way. That was
our choice, naturally. But if we had
continued going our own way, we
would have become lost.
- All we like
sheep have gone astray -
and reminds us that just like sheep, we
have a tendency to go astray. It's
not very complimentary to be
compared to sheep. Sheep have an
infuriating tendency to wander, and
not infrequently, to end up in deep
trouble. Men have the same tendency.
That’s why we need a Shepherd to
guide us and a Saviour to pay the
penalty for our sin.
matter how far we’ve travelled in
the wrong direction, it’s not too
late to turn around. The Psalmist
acknowledge my sin unto You, and
mine iniquity have I not hid. I
said, I will confess my
transgressions unto the LORD; and
You forgave the iniquity of my sin"
32:5). God is ready to
forgive and restore. If we're
heading down the wrong road, now is
the time to make a U-turn.
a U-turn in the Bible is termed
comes in different shapes and sizes.
For some it is nothing more than
being sorry that we got caught. For
some it is a matter of being sorry
that we are suffering because of
what we did. For some it is to
regret that we do bad things. But
deep down repentance goes beyond
being distressed about what we are.
It recognises that I (i.e. as an
individual) am a fallen man, and
leads me to say not just "I've done
some bad things", but to confess, "I
am a sinful man".
remember the story of the prodigal
son as recorded in Luke 15? He
came to his senses, and said,
I will arise and go to my father,
and I will say to him, "Father, I
have sinned against heaven and
That's repentance; that's what we
need to do. We need to turn back to
God, confess our sins, and believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe
that on the cross He died for our
sins according to the Scriptures,
and that on the 3rd day He rose from
the dead and today He is in heaven.
His desire is
that that should be our destination
too, that we should complete life’s
journey with Him.
This message has been adapted from
a Daily Reading that appeared in
"Our Daily Bread".
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