GPS tracking from (global positioning satellites) is becoming almost standard equipment on cars today. The penchant to know may be what is driving the consumer more than the fear of getting lost. Add to that the lack of time in todays fast paced society, who has got time to sit down and read a map?
In addition to tracking devices Detroit is equipping autos with gauges and devices that can read such things as the air pressure in the tires or the condition of your motor oil. Almost every system in the car is now monitored by computers and the information is fed back to the driver in one form or another including voice messages.
Evangelists and preachers have used the adage that the Bible is the road map for life many times in their messages and missives throughout this generation. Out of the genre of strictly American bred music comes a similar message from what is known as Appalachian Mountain Music. The old Bluegrass song is widely known and is aptly entitled Im Using My Bible as a Roadmap.
Some might say the words are too simplistic but hardly anyone wouldnt say that in todays fast paced and complicated world, simple and direct is exactly what we need. The straight up message can be seen in the first stanza of the song.
Im using my bible as a road map
Ten Commandments, they tell me what to do
The twelve disciples are my road signs
And Jesus will see me safely through
How many Americans see the Bible as a roadmap to life? Fortunately for the moment that number is still very high in this country but reports say the numbers are rapidly falling. The pace of modern life in America is blamed in part for the decline but even more so is the proclivity to follow cultural and popular trends. Fitting in and riding the present wave are more desirable to many than any old fashioned notion of trusting God, personal responsibility and building character.
The perception that the entire Bible is a declaration of Thou Shalt Nots is anything but accurate. When it comes to the New Testament hardly any restrictions are noted. It is rather a How To kind of message. It covers all subjects having to do with our relationship to God, to others and even to ourselves.
The New Testament message far precedes modern psychologys message of the need for self esteem with such verses as love thy neighbour as thyself. Mark 12:31
Long before Congress formed legislation to curb and punish hate crimes the New Testament said If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20
Most Christians are aware of the many books written on the 700 or more promises of God. Not as well known are the books called topical Bibles. The topical Bible is a comprehensive listing of all the subjects covered by the Bible. Perhaps it is time for someone to make an electronic device that can bring up that categorized information at the touch of a button or a voice command much the same as a GPS device.
Actually that has already been done. The device even predates the New Testament. It is the human heart. By some systematic and applied study the entire New Testament can be learned and called upon by ordinary people in a split second of time when needed. David the ancient King and writer of the Psalms said it the best in Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Jesus said he would empower the God given tracking device years after David mentioned its existence. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26
The beauty of Gods GPS tracking system is that it is available to anyone rich or poor. No one needs to own a Lexus or a Lincoln to empower their system. They need only faith in God and a willingness to program the device with Gods word.