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I Quit Devotion Day Twenty Six

Joshua 1:7

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.”

You get into a taxi cab. You tell the cab driver where to go and he doesn’t know where that is. Instead, he asks if you will guide him. What do you do? Well, common sense would tell you to get out and hail another cab. (I didn’t.) Here’s what happened:

Me: “Hi, I’m going to 7th between B and C.”
Driver: “What’s B and C?”
Me: “Um…they’re avenues east of 1st.”
Driver: “I don’t know where that is. Will you guide me there?”
Me: “Sure. Take a right on 23rd street and another right onto FDR.”
(We turn onto FDR)
Me: “In about five hundred feet, you need to go right onto Avenue C.”
(Driver panics, turns wheel, and slams into a city bus, then KEEPS DRIVING)
Driver: “What happened?”
Me: “Just stop!”
(Driver stops in median, turns around to see an angry bus driver and a dented bus.)
Driver: “What do I do?”
Me: “You go deal with this guy. I’m gonna walk the rest of the way.”
Driver: “Okay. Your total is $7.50.”
Me: “WHAT!?”

Imagine you’re the taxi driver in this scenario. God’s word directs and instructs you pretty clearly where to go and what to do – and at the beginning, you welcome the instruction.

Then you go into panic mode, and suddenly, BOOM! You hit a bus. God’s word tells you to stop, but you’re still in panic mode, fleeing the scene.

If we want our lives to matter and if we want to make a difference, we have to follow God’s guidelines for our lives. Only then will we have success. It might not necessarily be our idea of success, but it will definitely be God’s idea of success, and that’s better than what we can imagine.

We reach people. Our lives have meaning. We know him deeply and follow him closely. That’s success.

Today, I challenge you to look to his word for direction in your life. He is always there, always wanting to give direction and always wanting to show you his love more. If we surrender our plans to him and follow his direction…maybe we wouldn’t hit as many buses!

– Eric & Leanna

Eric Armonaitis and Leanna Kelly work on staff at The Journey, and they disagree vehemently on the best chocolate – milk or dark. Email [email protected] with your vote.