The boy had never seen his dad study a map so carefully. He asked his dad “why he was studying the map so long?” His dad replied “This map is of where we are going today, it has all of the roads mark to which we need to take” It was at this point that his dad sighed and said ” I used to never need a map, I always knew where I was going, but the world has changed so much. Today we are going somewhere we have never been before. And because of that we need a map”.
Driving the journey the young boy reminded his dad that it was his birthday soon. He doesn’t usually ask for much but today he asked that his dad would give him one thing. The map!
His dad said “Of course but why the map? The boy replied ” Because I am growing older and the world is constantly changing. I will be going places I have never been before and because of that I will need the map”.
This story is not far from the truth/reality, we will all at many times within our lives be going where we have never been before. Each and every day we face new choices and challenges. How do we navigate through life? You could pop down the local map shop and find a map for just about everywhere. But there is only one map to life itself!
James 4:14 says : “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
Life goes by so quickly, taking the wrong road is not an option. Because of this how can we make sure that we make the right choices? By finding the map to life, the bible. It makes some radical claims.
It tells us over and over again that it is our maker’s words, inspired by God. Moses in Exodus (Chapter 31:18) said the 10 Commandments were written by the finger of God. In 33:11 that he spoke with God face to face as we would sat with our mates. King David said that God’s spirit spoke through him in 2 Samuel 23:2-3. Jeremiah 1:5-9 says that Gods word came to Jeremiah and God reached out and touched his mouth saying “I have put my words in your mouth” That is incredible, its true God uses people to get his message across.
Whether you are a follower of Christ or not. The bible is the map of life. It will lead you in the direction you need to take in your life and I promise you, it will change your life forever. Will you pick it up and follow its direction or will you wonder around not knowing where you are going?