Are You Lost?

Being lost is a terrifying experience. A person’s head spins as panic creeps up, shouting threats like, “You’ll never find your way!” or “It’s impossible!” Fear clutches at you.

Several strange things are true about being lost. One is that we can think we really aren’t when we are. Sincerity is no guarantee we’re on the right road. Furthermore, we don’t have to be alone to be lost. We can be surrounded by a lot of folks—even a large group of nice people—and be totally off track. Running faster doesn’t help, either. Speed, like sincerity, is no friend to the bewildered.

As bad as that is I can assure you there’s something much worse: being spiritually lost. Pay close attention to how Solomon describes it in the book of Proverbs:

The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:11-12

Isn’t that last part penetrating? The path a person chooses in life may seem right. It may also have the approval and admiration of rather influential individuals. But its end result? The ultimate dead-end street.

Thankfully, the Bible tells us that God did not leave us to figure out the right path on our own. Instead, He showed us the way when He pointed us to His Son, Jesus Christ:

This is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13

Read that again, this time a little more slowly and, preferably, aloud. Be honest. Are you lost?

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This is an excerpt from Good Morning Lord... Can We Talk? by Charles Swindoll. This is now available at OMF Lit Bookshop Boni and our online store, for P365. It will soon be available at OMF Lit and Passages Bookshops nationwide.

About the book:

Timeless Bible wisdom from renowned pastor and teacher, Charles R. Swindoll.

Do you long for daily encouragement and inspiration? Do you wish your quiet times were filled with power and purpose? Discover the joy and ease of meeting with God each day in a meaningful way with this year-long devotional by one of the world’s premiere Bible teachers. Filled with daily insights from Charles R. Swindoll, Good Morning, Lord... Can We Talk? will give you a glimpse of the living power of God in your own life—and connect you to the restorative promises God speaks in His Scriptures.