Lifelines: Souls recalled for steering problems
by Bettie Marlowe Banner Staff Writer
Jul 25, 2014 | 392 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The recent headline caught my attention: “(car company) recalls Souls to fix steering.”

Thankfully, this is talking about cars — not mortal souls.

It’s true many “souls” do have steering problems — but it is certain that their Creator did not make a mistake. Somewhere, sometime, someone made a wrong choice.

When faced with the decision on which way to go, people sometimes seek advice and directions from the wrong sources.

In Scripture we read of those who sought information from whomever claimed to have knowledge. And they always got into trouble.

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 1 (KJV), “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

God’s directions don’t lead us astray. There may be times we don’t understand His reasons or rationale, but God knows what He is doing. We can trust Him. In His Word, we are safe.

In life, everything is not smooth. Sometimes the road is impassable. And sometimes, danger lurks. But God sees what is ahead and puts up a detour sign for us — He makes a way. Detours get us to our destination.

Not every time is the detour for the traveler, however. Read about Elisha in 2 Kings 4, how he was sent to the widow’s house — not just to be fed, but to supply her needs as well.

Do you remember Peter’s detour when he was sent to the house of Cornelious? Not only was Peter’s life changed, but his “detour” led to a great change in preaching the Gospel (Acts 10).

Paul (Galatians 1:17) really took a detour. He was on his way to Damascus and ended up in Arabia — receiving a call from the Lord he had persecuted to minister to the Gentiles.

Jesus himself took a detour through Samaria. There the woman at the well learned about the “living water” and spread the word about the man who told her everything.

I suppose the detour the Children of Israel took after coming from Egypt is the most well-known. Their detour through the wilderness lasted 40 years and during that time, God revealed Himself to them and did many miracles. He made them ready for the entrance into Canaan Land and it took time. As they were on their detour, there was grumbling, murmuring and rebelling, but a new group came out on the other side, ready to receive the promise of God.

What’s in your life? Goals? Circumstances? Situations? The unexpected? Whatever lies ahead ...

“The Lord will make a way somehow,

When before Him, we humbly bow.

He will take away obstructions;

Let Him have His way and now.

When the load bears down so heavy,

The weight is shown upon my brow;

But I say to my soul, take courage,

The Lord will make a way somehow.”