FOR THIS YOUR BROTHER WAS DEAD, AND IS ALIVE; HE WAS LOST, AND IS FOUND.
Many of us no longer use printed maps for directions, instead we use the map apps in our phones. As a result, we become more dependent on it than our instincts or natural sense of direction to find our way. Some of us who ignore the map app directions will hear the word “recalculation”. This is an attempt to get us back on the right track when we’ve gone off course.
God also has a spiritual recalculation for His children who veer off of the narrow way of righteousness to the broad road of destruction. He gives us the opportunity to move from darkness to light if we are willing to humble ourselves and turn back to Him.
Yet, if we choose to ignore the warnings, God is a good Father who won’t give up on His wayward children. He will lovingly allow disappointment, tragedy, or broken dreams to get our attention. Some of us stay in the wrong direction longer than others; yet, He doesn’t love us any less nor does He simply throw up His hands in disgust. Every believer who has turned away from Him can hear His gentle voice calling them back to His grace.
When we turn back to the Lord, we are embraced by the presence of His Spirit and the fullness of His joy. Even though the consequences of our decisions may remain—He is with us through the entire recalculation. In fact, He gives us new dreams for a destiny of life, peace, and purpose. Only God can take our brokenness and repair our inner person with renewed hope for the future.
Dear Lord, I need a recalculation for the direction that my life has taken. Help me to hear Your voice and follow with all of my heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.