Francis Chan is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. He is the author of numerous books including Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, and Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. He is also a contributor to Louie Giglio's Passion—the book from which this week's readings are adapted.
What he Said … "Recalculating"
The thing I love most about my GPS is how she (my GPS is female) deals with my mistakes. Sometimes she'll tell me to turn right, but I was distracted so I messed up. But she never gets mad. All she says is: "Recalculating."
When she says, "Recalculating," I hear her saying: "Francis, you made a wrong turn, but don't worry. It's going to take a little longer now, so be careful to listen to me next time, but I'll get you there."
That's what the Holy Spirit has done my whole life. I've taken some wrong turns. And he says, "Recalculating. It'll take a little bit longer now because you really screwed up. But don't worry. I will get you there."
I hope you hear the Holy Spirit saying that to you when you find you're not where you thought you'd be in your walk with the Lord. Recalculating. Don't worry. I'll still get you there.
At some point, though, we have to listen. We have to trust that God's Word is trying to direct us. It's time to listen to the instructions God gives.
Adapted from Passion by Louie Giglio with Francis Chan and other contributors (Thomas Nelson, 2014; thomasnelson.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Heavenly Father, may I read my Bible with great reverence and expectancy, knowing that I'm reading words that are inspired by you and able to convict me of sin, offer me guidance for daily living, and help me to know you in ever-deepening ways.
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