Have you ever wondered why men don’t ask for directions, even when they’re lost? In a New York Times article, the results of research by Dr. Thomas Bever at the University of Rochester seemed to prove men and women use fundamentally different strategies for navigation. After testing the way male and female college students navigated through mazes, he found women tend to rely on specific landmarks for moving through space. For example, in driving to Grandma’s house, a woman turns right at the delicatessen, left at the library, and right again at the big oak tree.

On the other hand, men tend to rely on routes locked in their memory. On a trip to Grandma’s house, a man would cruise in one direction for five minutes and turn right, drive five or six blocks and go left, proceed on this course for about three minutes, and then turn right. We usually don’t bother asking for directions because we trust our memory of motion to lead us to our destination.

When it comes to determining God’s will, we need to rely upon more than memory or landmarks, because there will be times when we simply don’t know which path to follow. The Bible provides many examples of people who were in this position: Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, Moses, Jehoshaphat, and the Apostle Paul. When these men didn’t know what to do, they waited while doing all they could where they were. God gave them clear direction. We are always wise to ask God for His directions — and wait for them — instead of plodding ahead in the darkness.

Do you have big plans for this year? Maybe you plan to purchase a home, get married, have a child, start your own business, begin a professional career, plant a church, or host a big event at your church. You may be a high school or college student anticipating graduation and the future. Perhaps you just hope to keep your current job and home this year. Whatever your plans, be sure to ask God for directions, and you’ll be safe.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.