Beginning her sermon, Ruth asked us how patient we were as drivers. Looking at the idea of driving, and some of the problems that we can come across, Ruth said that one thing (released in 2004, and which was the fastest selling gadget ever), is the thing that, as drivers, saves us.
The thing is, that the sat nav was like an answer to prayer… it can take us on a different path. Nowadays, we have sat nav on our phones, and it is practically in real time, so that it will automatically work out delays and send us on different routes that will get us to where we’re going more quickly.
The biggest journey that we are on is the journey of life. We really don’t want to get this journey wrong. We can’t be trying to guess which path to take. The good news is that we also have a sat nav that we can use in life.
The Bible is our sat nav, and all we need to do is turn it on and listen to the voice coming out of it. We need to get to know the voice coming out of it. We need to know the author. The truth is that the Bible is our real time sat nav.
Ruth said that she wanted to talk about when we sometimes go on a journey in life, where we get stuck- roads can get closed, and without a sat nav, we might be stuck for a long time, unable to make the right decision on whether to wait, or to simply turn back, or to try another road.
If we have a sat nav, we can know what is ahead, and can make allowances. Ruth asked us if we could turn around and say “It is well with my soul” when we hit a road block?
In 2 Kings 4:8-36, we read about a woman who truly trusted God in her situation. Ruth said, after reading this passage, that she had some sat nav directions for us to follow, if we, too, meet a road block in life.
- We need to make room.
In this passage, the woman made room in her house for Elisha. Sometimes, in our lives, we can have ‘stuff’ everywhere. Our rooms cease to be the room that it was meant to be when we pack so many things into them. When we pack our lives full, there’s no room for what God intended it to be. How can we expect God to come into our lives and stay in our house if there is no room for Him? The thing is that when we make room for Him, we will be astonished at what we can achieve.
- Go back to the source & leave it with God
We must take the problem back to the source. The woman in scripture took her son back to Elisha and trusted God with him. It says in 1 Peter, that we are to “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. God is much better at solving our problems than we are. He doesn’t lose battles. What we are called to do is to take our issues to God and to leave them there. We must put our energy into what could happen, instead of what has happened.
- Expect God to act.
We must acknowledge that only God can help us. The woman in 2 Kings did this. When she should have been making plans for her son’s funeral, and been mourning him, she, instead, was making plans for his life. She knew that God could restore him, just as it is said in Psalm 42:11,
“Oh, my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act”.
- Realise that God will restore and more.
In 2 Kings 8, we read how the woman wants to return to her home, and the King, on hearing the story, makes sure that everything that she owned, was returned to her, and more besides. The thing is that God uses what we’ve been through to restore, and to give us even more. He can make it better than it ever was. Sometimes, we can find ourselves on a path that we don’t understand, but what we must remember is that, even if we don’t know why something is happening, God never wastes a situation.
- This message is for us – this includes you.
We might think that no one cares, and these thoughts can bring feelings of worthlessness, but what we must remember is that it doesn’t matter about others. The only thing that matters is what God thinks about us. He chose, formed, and set us apart. He sculpted us from nothing into something. He has chosen us, even when we feel like nothing.
In closing, Ruth encouraged us to make sure, as we walk our path, that we are listening to our sat nav, and following the instructions that will lead us to where we are meant to be, and if we aren’t, then perhaps, we need to turn our sat nav back on.
Scriptures: 2 Kings 4:8-36, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 42:11