Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways. Psalms 119:2-3 NRSV
Do you remember those days before GPS? Using a street map, you'd find where you are, locate where you want to go, and plan the best route. Today you speak into your phone the desired location; it already knows where you are, and based on traffic algorithms, it suggests options. For the most part, this works well. However, a few times, we were led to the wrong place because the user (okay, me) entered the wrong destination. For example, a few years ago, instead of taking us to the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue, it directed us to a residence on Huntington Avenue in Hyde Park. For the journey to be successful, we must be sure of our destination.
God has provided us with aids so we may remain on the route of righteousness. He has shared the divine wisdom in his Word so that we can know his decrees. Also, he has gifted us with the Holy Spirit as our spiritual GPS. When we use these things and focus on our destination, everything goes well; however, when we become distracted and turn off the route, things go awry. The good news is we don't need to remain lost. When we seek God in our prayers, we reset our destination, and he provides rerouting directions.
God, we desire to live in your righteous paths, yet sometimes we fail. Forgive us; we pray and set our feet again in the proper direction toward you. Amen.