Destination Unknown

Matthew 7:13–14


You remember Thomas Henry Huxley. Devoted disciple of Charles Darwin. Famous biologist, teacher, and author. Defender of the theory of evolution. Bold, convincing self-avowed humanist. Traveling lecturer.

After another series of public assaults against truths Christians held sacred, Huxley was in a hurry to catch his train to the next city. He took one of Dublin’s famous horse-drawn taxis and settled back with his eyes closed to rest for a few minutes. He assumed the driver had been told the destination by the hotel doorman, so all he said was, “Hurry . . . I’m almost late. Drive fast!” The horses lurched forward and galloped across Dublin at a vigorous pace. Before long Huxley glanced out the little window and frowned as he realized they were going west, away from the sun, not toward it.

Leaning forward, the scholar shouted, “Do you know where you are going?” Without looking back, the driver yelled a classic line, not meant to be humorous, “No, your honor! But I’m driving very fast!”

Jesus spoke of two life-paths that determine where you are going:

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

MATTHEW 7:13–14

Notice the wide highway that leads to hell. Highway speed is often breakneck. But the road to heaven and God’s blessing is narrow and more difficult to navigate, yet leads to life. A narrow road requires a much slower and more careful pace.

In a hurry these days? Driving through life at breakneck speed? Unaware of your destination? Through His Word and His Son, God looks from heaven and shouts to all of us below:

“Do you know where you are going?”

Wonder how many would be honest enough to answer, “No, your honor! But I am driving very fast!” What would it take for you and your family to slow down and turn back toward the Son?

Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord . . . Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved. The full devotional can be purchased at

Posted in Christian Living, God's Will and tagged .

Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.