“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thess. 3:5 

Lord Jesus, of the many “common grace” realities I enjoy, GPS on my iPhone is high on the list. My stories of getting lost—really  lost, are numerable and embarrassing. But I’m grateful this verse is referencing an even greater “Global Positioning System” and destination.

As our Good Shepherd, thank you for always directing our hearts into our Father’s love and your perseverance, for we need copious amounts of both. If you’re not directing my heart, it too easily drifts in in faithless, graceless, loveless directions.

Some days I wake up right in the middle of a pity-party—when my disappointments loom larger than your delights. Other days the GPS of my heart seems pre-programmed for people’s approval, unbelief, resentment, control (one of my most frequent stops), and way too often—Gospel Amnesia.

Lord Jesus, more than just “taking the wheel,” take my mind, will, emotions—my whole being, wherever you choose. I’m grateful the final destination is life in the new heaven and new earth, and complete conformity to your likeness. Hallelujah!

But in route there, keep me yielded, trusting, and expectant. Sabotage my every attempt to go anywhere else than where your Word and Spirit direct. So very Amen I pray, in your merciful and mighty name.