Friday, May 26, 2017

Global Positioning System (GPS)

From: Francis Harper

Global Positioning System (GPS)

The global positioning system is an amazing tool to help us find our way to a known destination on earth. Our greater need is for guidance to our ultimate destination in the eternal realms. For this guidance we must rely upon “God’s Positioning System.” If we faithfully seek and yield to his guidance we will always be in the right place, doing the right thing at the right time. God is ever ready to offer assistance with our thoughts words and deeds. He “neither slumbers nor sleeps . . . the Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore” (Psalm 121.)
The Lord is pleased when we come to him in sincerity and faith, asking for his wisdom and guidance. In humility, Solomon prayed, “I know not . . . to go out or come in . . . Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart . . . And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart . . .” (1 Kings 2:8-10; 4:29).

All who want God’s guidance should memorize James 1:5-7: “If any of you lack wisdom [surely we all need wisdom] let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not [will not criticize or scold us for asking]; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord.”

Asking the Lord for his wisdom, direction and guidance should be included in our daily prayers. “The steps of a good man [and woman] are ordered by the Lord; and he [she] delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23). “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Whenever a man, a church or nation forgets to seek the Lord for guidance, trouble is at the door. “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). Let “In God We Trust” forever be our motto, insuring that we are always exactly where we are meant to be, and doing what we are called to do.

According to The Book of Mormon, the Nephites had a unique guidance system provided by the Lord. “And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spoke unto my father, by night, and commanded him, that on the morrow, he should take his journey into the wilderness. And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment, he beheld on the ground a round ball, of curious workmanship. . . And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness . . . And we did follow the directions of the ball [the Liahona] . . . And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence, and heed, which he did give unto them . . . And thus we see, that by small means, the Lord can bring about great things” (1 Nephi 5: 10-12, 20, 34, 36).
The means by which the Lord gives guidance to men “may be said to be infinite,” (Joseph Smith III and the Restoration, p 597).

Faith is a prerequisite for receiving divine revelation. “. . . he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11). Will God give guidance to those who do not diligently heed his directions? “. . . What he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never fear, only trust and obey” (Hymns of the Restoration, #371).

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