The best road map -- Part I

A TV ad shows a young family driving through a desert in a vehicle pulling a boat. They look lost. The wife and mother turns to her husband and suggests, "Maybe we should look at a map."

Obviously not knowing where he's going, he turns onto an old dirt road. As the car and boat disappear into a cloud of dust, we hear him insist he knows where he's going. Every time.

That ad made me smile.

This is a good analogy for many people. God has given us a life road map atlas. By our actions, like the man in the desert, we don't look at the road map for living. We think we know what we are doing. The Creator knows us much better than we know ourselves. He gave us instructions for the many turns and decisions in life. The following are just a few of these.

We are told in Joshua 1:8 to concentrate on that book of instructions day and night. It will make our way prosperous and successful. David tells us in Psalms 119:11 to hide His Word in our hearts to keep us from sinning.

The wisest man who ever lived told us in Proverbs 3:5,6 to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and He will keep us on the right road. The great prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 26:3 that God will give us perfect peace if our minds our fixed on Him.

We live in a world of anxiety. Anxiety and faith in God are at the opposite ends of living. The greater the faith, the less the anxiety. The smaller the faith the greater the anxiety.

A former student and dear friend of mine was told last week that he had two to three months to live. This dear man is saying that he will soon have a perfect body in heaven with no pain.

Philippians 4:6, 7 tell us to be anxious about nothing but with prayer and supplication give God our requests. Perfect peace will be the result.

It is my privilege to teach from God's road map two and three times each week. It is a real joy to see people's lives changed.

For the 2012 Club, March 18 takes us to Deuteronomy 32 and Luke 1.

Try the road map. It really works!

- Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.