When we are lost, we need a way to find our bearings, and this often comes from simply asking for directions. Combine this with technologies that allow us to map out trips or even tell us directions while we are driving (MapQuest, OnStar, a compass), and we are likely to find our way. Even with these – directional instruments and instructions – we need a willingness to follow those directions to find our way.
Our Spiritual Way
- God’s word is our compass. In Psalm 119:105 described God’s word as something that lights our path. In verse 89, His word is described as being eternally settled in the heavens. It is always pointing home. II Peter 1:3 says that God’s word has given us all things pertaining to godliness, and II Timothy 3:15-16 describes scripture as inspired by God, completing the man of God. This instrument completely directs on how to be children of God and helps us find our path to salvation.
- We need to be willing to obey. Directions are no good if they are not followed. Jeremiah 6:16 instructs to stand and look, asking for directions to God’s paths. We cannot find Heaven on ourselves. We have to rely on the directions given to us. Matthew 6:33 says to seek God’s kingdom before all things, and Matthew 7:21 makes it clear that seeking this kingdom requires submission. It require following directions.
- Our Savior has been there before us. Jesus, in John 14:1-4, tells His apostles of Heaven and promises that His followers will be able to follow Him there. Hebrews 9:24 tells us that Jesus has entered into Heaven, and chapter 10:19-20 says we can enter this holy place through Him.
We may get nervous when going someplace new, but Hebrews 9:22-25 tells us we can be confident in our journey. We are lost without Christ, but it we follow the directions of His word, we can find the way made for us. Isaiah 40:28-31 assures us that God is our constant toward which we can direct our attention, and Hebrews 6:17-20 records that God is inherently honest and that we have a hope before us in the unchangeable nature of God’s promise to His creation.
lesson by Tim Smelser