A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some unique insights I gathered from taking a trip with my wife’s TomTom GPS unit. Well, I was taking another trip with TomTom the other day, and I got really annoyed!
I was running late. I grabbed my laptop and my cell phone, fired up the TomTom and hit the road. I got about a mile down the road and realized I forgot something for my meeting. So I turned my car around and quickly headed back home. All of a sudden a voice was reminding me…
- “At the first possible place, make a legal u-turn.”
- “Turn right at the next road and turnaround.”
- “To return to your entered route, make a legal u-turn.”
This voice was still just as sweet and even-keeled as before, but it was really getting on my nerves. I knew I was heading in the wrong direction, but I wanted to get this taken care of quickly, but the voice kept reminding me. I tried to tune the voice out—tried to ignore it—but it didn’t work.
I turned the voice off.
When I wrote about TomTom earlier, I equated it to the moral GPS of the Holy Spirit. And that analogy still stands:
- …if I want the comforting Voice, I have to listen to the correcting Voice
- …if I want the encouraging Voice, I have to listen to the rebuking Voice
- …if I want the instructing Voice, I have to listen to the convicting Voice
The Holy Spirit does convict us. He warns if we’re on the wrong path, and He lovingly and persistently keeps reminding us to do a u-turn. Those who listen and respond are fully restored. Those who don’t listen—those who switch off their moral GPS—can have their conscience permanently seared.
Are you listening to the Holy Spirit? Do you hear Him encouraging you? Do you hear Him challenging you? Do you hear Him reminding you to turn around? Stay tuned in—He only has the best in mind for you.