Google Maps can be a great tool. Some days I can’t remember how I used to get anywhere without it. But, as some Colorado drivers learned last week, blindly trusting Google’s shortcuts might be a mistake. And…there’s a good spiritual application there as well.
Last Sunday, drivers on the way to the Denver Airport got stuck in a traffic jam. Hundreds would be late for their flights. But, thankfully, Google Maps offered a detour. It was supposed to cut the travel time in half!
As it turns out, though, the detour led drivers to a field with a dirt road that had become a muddy mess from rain. Over one hundred cars got stuck, unable to turn around, or damaged trying to take the route.
Although her car sustained some damage, Connie Monsees used all-wheel drive and made it through. When asked about the experience, she said: “It was 43 minutes initially, and it was going to be 23 instead — so I took the exit and drove where they told me to. …There were a bunch of other cars going down [the dirt road] too, so I said, ‘I guess it’s OK.’ It was not OK.”
It was not ok. And neither are many “short-cuts,” especially in spiritual matters. Promises of “half the time” and lures of “too good to be true” often lead to spiritual disaster.
Remember Abraham and Sarah? God promised Abraham that he would make him into a great nation (Genesis 12). God reconfirmed that promise in Genesis 15. But Sarah grew impatient and gave Abraham her maid, Hagar, as a wife.
Good advice? No! After Hagar’s son, Ishmael, was born, Sarah hated Hagar and mistreated her. Ishmael’s family grew into a people, and they have been at odds with Isaac’s descendants ever since. Why? #shortcutgonewrong!
Proverbs 21:5 reads, “everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” Don’t get me wrong; I like a good Google shortcut too. But, “too good to be true,” probably isn’t “true.” Shortcuts often lead to destruction, but the righteous, narrow path leads to salvation (Matthew 7:13).