God’s Positioning System
By: Gary L. Rodgers
Recently the Pastor of our church brought something to my attention in a new light. He referred to the bible as being our GPS. The more I thought on this the more it became of interest to me that what he said is so very true, it is our GPS!
Today nearly every vehicle has either a GPS that was installed in the vehicle from factory or a portable one that was purchased. As we know that the letters GPS stands for Global Positioning System. This system works on the principle of trilateration which means that the ground device needs to be able to calculate the distance between at least three satellites in order to calculate its location on the earth, and with surprising accuracy.
Some years ago I worked for the Chrysler Corporation out of Newark Delaware hauling new cars all over the North East. Other than loading and unloading the vehicles I had to learn to read a map which is now becoming obsolete with the GPS system. Makes you wonder how many people ten or twenty years from now will be able to read a map. Maps are broken up into grids and for you to find a certain town or place on a particular map you would look up the name of the place under each state in the Map Index and it would give you both the horizontal and vertical line coordinates to find where you wanted to go. From that you would determine where you were at and where you wanted to be. The road lines would tell you if they were secondary roads, roads under construction or major highways by the colors and symbols that were used. They would also give you in miles the distance between towns and/or highway exits so that you could determine with some reasonableness the amount of time that it would take you to travel where you wanted to go between points. All of this took some time to study your maps and if you needed to take a quick glance at a map while driving it was not the easiest thing to do. No doubt that the GPS has made life much easier for all motorists, but it never hurts to know how to interpret a map.
The Department of transportation has gone to some great lengths to simplify road makings for travelers. For instance, route numbers began to change a number of years ago with the idea that all even numbered routes would run East to West and all odd numbered routes would run North to South. Beltways were typically three digit highways. There were times when this pattern did not hold true on some of the very old route numbers. The modern day GPS has become a great tool for anyone traveling. One other thing that I like about a GPS is that they give you the nearest gas stations and restaurants when you’re traveling. When they start putting in all of the yard sales then I’m throwing mine away and going back to the maps; ha!
GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM
The more that I thought about what the Pastor said the more that I liked it, a Holy GPS system! This God’s Positioning System will let the wicked know and all nations that forget God that they will be turned into hell. Psalms 9:17
God’s Positioning System works on a trilateration system known as the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. We being the receiver here on earth will always know where we stand at any point in our lives with the Holy Trinity. This system will let us know that man cannot live by bread alone. Mark 4:4
God’s positioning system will also pinpoint everyone’s final destination. For the saved; eternal life! John 3:16
For the unsaved the lake of fire! Revelation 20:15
God’s positioning System will tell us about specific points of interest along the way. Did you know that in the King James Version of scripture that there are five words that have only been used but once in all of scripture to tell us something about His wonderful book? These five words are:
These five words are the five guide lines for using God’s Positioning System.
- 1. SUCCESS – Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
- 2. DISCERNER – Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- 3. ENGRAFTED – James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (engrafted – inborn or implanted by nature or by others instruction)
- 4. CONVERTING – Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
- 5. ENLIGHTENING – Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
This is such a powerful, powerful book and there is much for all of us to learn so that we can be prosperous and have good success. It’s the one book that never gets old because there is always something new for the Lord to teach us.
I like that I can respectfully look at this marvelous book as being God’s Positioning System for all men in all walks of life.
God’s Positioning System is so powerful that it gives us the name of the great Physician. John 5:1-15
In fact it even gives us His number so that we can call Him about anything. J-E-R-3-3 : 3
One thing about this GPS is that it won’t always take you on the shortest route, but it will always take you on the right path.
The unique thing about this GPS is that once you follow its direction in the paths of righteousness and get saved you will never be lost again.
May the Lord bless you as you look into and study the GPS of scripture, the bible.