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5/4/2019 12:11:00 AM
The Sure Cure

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

I guess you could say that I am, “Navigationally Impaired.” This means that I have no sense of direction, which is a real challenge when I have to travel outside of my regular domain. I feel that I am always going east or west, but never north or south. This isn’t a problem when I do travel east or west, other than the fact I feel I am always driving into the sun, and if the sun is not shining directly into my eyes it is because I am driving into a monsoon.

I thought this would just be a burden I would have to live with until the invention of the GPS, or Global Positioning System. You can buy one of these devices and place it on the dash of your automobile, or purchase an application to your cell phone. It will tell you which way you are going, how long it will take you to get to there. It will also tell you where the closest restaurants, hospitals, etc., are located along the way. This sounds like the sure cure for the navigationally impaired, or so it would seem.

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A few years ago, I had to travel to the eastern part of the state for a revival service I was preaching. People used to say they were going to “hold a revival,” but it was my intention to “turn a revival lose!” It was going to be a six-hour trip on the other side of Rocky Mount, NC. I asked my secretary to print off directions from the internet to make sure I would wind up at the correct church. Just to be sure I wouldn’t get lost; I borrowed a GPS from a friend. I felt I had all my bases covered because I had the directions in writing and also on the computer. What could go wrong? To be honest, several things went wrong. First, even though the destination was the same for the map and the GPS, both had different ways to get there. When I would follow the directions on the map, the GPS would start talking to me and telling me to make a U-turn as soon as possible. When I wouldn’t do what the GPS said, it would get quiet for a few seconds and would say, “Recalculating, Recalculating,” and then would agree with my direction. This wasn’t too bad for the first 50 miles, but the more the GPS talked, the more aggravated it seemed to become. I didn’t believe a computer could “catch” an attitude, but this one seemed to quickly develop a dislike for me. It didn’t take long for me to argue with the small, smart-aleck black box. My wife liked the machine, because she said I argued with it instead of arguing with her about which was the right way to go.

Second, at times I would be on a road and the GPS would show on the computer screen that I was in a grassy field and not on any road known to man. I realize that the satellite is way up in space, but it should be able to tell the difference between asphalt and grass. This made me mistrust the GPS even more, and even though I told the machine I was on the road, it would just say, “Recalculating, Recalculating.” I told the machine just because it could tell me where a restaurant was didn’t mean it knew everything. The machine never responded, I guess it was thinking over my words of wisdom.

Third, since I didn’t trust in the GPS, I was uneasy about where I was going to end up, which made the long trip just a little longer. The GPS can talk all day long and tell you where you need to go, but if you don’t trust it, it takes the fun out of the trip and the peace of mind that the machine was supposed to bring. In spite of the GPS, I found my way to the church and I did my best to “turn a revival lose’ on the small town. Let me ask you, what directions do you follow for your life? Can you trust in them when you are in unfamiliar territory? Be sure that you are following the Bible for your daily paths as well as your eternal destination. Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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