If you were dropped into a major city of the world, chances are you’d have some idea of the major landmarks that you could visit. In Paris you’d know about the Eiffel Tower, in Sydney you’d head for the Opera House but the one person who really knows about a city is a local taxi driver. These guys are amazing! Not only are they normally highly entertaining in their story-telling and maybe a little over-confident in their ability to dodge pedestrians and cyclists – but they know every detail of the city. If traffic starts to build up or a set of traffic lights break down, they know exactly which detour to take so that you can reach the desired destination. They know the main routes but they also know every side road and short cut.
This is often how it can work for us and the Bible. We know the major landmarks – Psalms 23, John 3:16, the Sermon on the Mount but we don’t know all the amazing ‘side roads’ of the Word. These are the things that we need to navigate through the accidents and road works of life – the fullness of God’s Word. The reason a taxi driver knows all the details of his city is simply because he spends all of his time there. Every day he drives around its streets. He didn’t know it all when he started out but the more he drove around, the more he knew.
The Bible is effectively a ‘city’ with endless side streets - so let’s commit before God to be taxi drivers of this great ‘city’. To spend time in His Word so that we can navigate all that life brings our way and we can know the greatness of our God.
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