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“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NLT)
Have you ever had to use a compass to survive? I have not. Sure, I’ve fiddled around with one and used it for fun but my survival has never been dependent on a compass. A friend of mine told me about a time when his compass literally saved his life. He was hunting on a remote island in the upper part of Michigan. He was dropped off and expected to be back at the drop off point a few days later. It was the first time in his life where he was completely alone and totally dependent on the provisions he had brought for himself.
When it was time to go back to the rendezvous point he looked at his compass to see where he needed to go but what the compass was saying and what his instincts were saying were completely opposite! Immediately an inner struggle took place within his mind. He remembers that he began to argue with the compass, “It’s got to be wrong! There’s no way that my internal compass could be that wrong. Something must’ve happened to the compass.”
But no matter how much he argued and disagreed with the compass, the compass did not change and so he was left with a choice – follow his own internal instinct or follow the compass. Even though everything inside him was screaming to follow his instincts, he chose to follow the compass and he arrived at the rendezvous safe and sound.
As Christians we have a compass – the word of God. Psalm 119:105 says,“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” God’s truth is strong and just like a compass it is always right, but how many times do we find ourselves, arguing with the truth?
It could happen in a conversation with your boyfriend of five years where you realize that he really doesn’t want to follow God like you do. You think there’s no way God would want you to break up with him – you’ve been together way too long to consider that.
Maybe you find yourself disagreeing with the truth when you’re in a difficult relationship with a family member. God is calling you to humble yourself and reach out to them with love. You throw all kinds of reasons at God why you shouldn’t do that – she doesn’t deserve it, he is way too arrogant, she never thinks of anyone but herself. But the truth of God does not waver.
What is God calling you to do? He is calling you to trust your compass. Does He promise you won’t lose your job, your boyfriend, and your friendships? No, but He does promise that He will travel with you and guide you safely to the rendezvous point.
Hebrews 13:5-6 “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’”
God, Don’t let me forget that You word is true and strong and does not change. In moments when I want to argue and go my own way, remind that Your love will always guide me in the way I should go. Amen
Question: Where could you use God’s compass in your life today?