Have you ever considered how many course corrections you make every day? As you are walking you make one or more every step. While driving you are constantly adjusting you location on the pavement to stay in your lane. When you make a turn you are adjusting your speed, signaling, steering, adjusting the gas pedal, etc. When you are working your mind is always refining your thoughts and topics. On and on it goes so that your entire life is made up of continual course corrections. We do this to stay on track, to be safe, to be efficient and a number of other reasons.
Sometimes course corrections are mandated because we discover that we cannot get their from here. We must take extreme adjustments to get to a place so that we can get to our destination. It is a daunting thing to discover that your way is blocked and you cannot proceed without making matters worse. That is when, Pr 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps, begins to make sense. I cannot see the way but the Lord will direct me in the way to go. This is part of the plan of God for our lives, to live by faith in Him because we don’t know how to proceed. Left to ourselves, we lose our direction just like a man lost in a forest or jungle. Because God has the perfect vantage point, He can direct us on how to proceed.
So how do you stay on course? Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. The answer is simple, just make the most important course correction you will ever make, and that is to have a heart change. Instead of placing your trust in your own compass, delight in following His directions. If you do not surrender your will to Him then you are charting your course based on where you think you are and the direction you think you need to go. This is the description of someone who is lost and complicates his situation by going further off course. It is all a matter of heart. If your heart is prideful or stubborned you will not heed His direction but if your delight is to do what He directs you to do and go where He directs you to go then He will guide you into the center of His will. The real question is, Who do you trust, yourself or Him.