Smart phones have put GPS technology into the hands of nearly everyone. Provided you have cellular coverage, you can always find your way home. It’s actually tougher to get lost these days!
But spiritually, it’s a different story. We are a nation that has lost its way. Our country is divided; families are fragmented; many have lost purpose and direction. The problems of our country seem insoluble: national debt of $18 trillion, a failed immigration policy, the constant threat of terrorism, and a sputtering economy. How can we find our way?
Before GPS technology, there was the compass. The advantage of a compass is that if there is a power grid failure, a compass still works! It relies on global positioning beyond man’s sphere of control. In days of old, ship captains would navigate across the ocean using only a compass, a map and the stars. When a storm came, they would temporarily lose their bearings, but as soon as they could see the stars they would plot a new course to their destination.
Today we need a moral compass that is also independent of man’s systems. In an ocean of moral relativism, we need to discern true north. This is the only way we can reach our heavenly destination.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NKJV)
God has not left us to fend for ourselves. He has not left us adrift at sea with no resources. He has given us the map of His Word, the compass of the Holy Spirit to guide us, and the Bright and Morning Star of Jesus Christ on whom we can fix our eyes.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.” (Psalm 119:9, NASB)
As we plot our course into the New Year, let us remember to navigate according to the Word of God. It is the one thing we can count on. It is the only way we can find our way home.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35, NKJV)
I know of no better way to find purpose and direction than by systematically reading the Bible. If you don’t have a Bible reading plan, there are a number of good ones on YouVersion. You’ve tried it your own way; why not try it God’s way?
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