Not knowing the way, Moreau set her GPS and faithfully followed the instructions.
For nearly 2 days.
810 miles out of her way.
Moreau passed through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia before finally stopping in Zagreb, Croatia.
But Moreau had a perfectly good explanation for not realizing that her trip had taken a detour: "I was distracted," she said.
Distracted? For two days? Traveling over 800 miles? Through five different countries?
Actually, I believe her. I've seen people who live their lives that way, passing through time and space without ever thinking about where they are going. They've put their faith in someone or something that is leading them the wrong way, yet they never seem to notice. They live distracted lives, listening to bad directions which guide them down the wrong roads.
In the Bible, the book of Proverbs twice repeats this warning: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 14:12; Proverbs 16:25). There's a road that looks good, from our point of view, but it's really leading us away from where we want to go.
Jesus put it this way: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).
When it comes to finding your way through this world, no GPS can help you. No map program will get you there. You need directions from someone who really knows the way. The book of Psalms says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Let God's Word guide you to where you need to be. Let the Bible lead you down the narrow road that leads to life. If you're having trouble understanding the Bible, try one of the study courses on www.hopeforlife.org. Or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.