But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. (2 Tim. 3:14)

We had traveled that road before. My best friend and I were on a girls’ trip during our freshman year in college. The perk of having relatives who lived on Hilton Head Island meant a built-in spring break destination. After a week of clamming, beach walks, sleeping in, and eating out, we were headed home—or so I thought.

We’d made the trip once before, and I felt familiar with the roads. I started driving, and my friend soon fell asleep in the passenger seat. Somewhere along the way, I decided I didn’t need the map. I knew where I was going. However, after driving two hours up the coast in the wrong direction, nothing looked familiar. Clearly, I’d missed a turn.

My failure to pay attention to the signs, to ignore what I had previously learned, only made us lost. The same is true about faith. God’s Word, partnered with the Holy Spirit, gives us signposts in life that continually point us to God. When we filter life experiences through truth, they become pivotal faith moments that serve as a compass moving forward.

When we feel off track or don’t know what to do next, we must go back to what God has already convinced us of, where we’ve seen his power and glory and abundance in action. And from there, let him lead the way.

List your pivotal faith moments and what God showed you through them.

Sarah E. Westfall resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband Ben and their four boys. Her elusive free time is spent reading, home remodeling, and writing.

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