by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday October 12, 2005
A Compass for Life’s Journey
A compass is a useful directional tool, which is designed always to point toward the North Pole. Using it, travelers can determine whether they are moving due north or in another direction. In the kingdom of God, the Bible is the compass and it always points one way — toward God Himself. To walk “due north” is to follow the path of righteousness. Let’s consult our compass, using Proverbs 3 to receive practical guidance for daily living.
The first step in using a compass is to look at it. Daily study of the Scriptures will keep us headed in the right direction. Following biblical principles allows us to weather difficult storms and still remain on course. God promises to prosper those who keep His commands (verses 1-2).
Second, the truth of God’s Word is to be our only standard for living. In particular, relationships with others are to be marked by lovingkindness. Our reward will be divine favor and a good reputation in the sight of both God and man (verses 3-4).
Third, our compass tells us to trust God wholeheartedly, even when circumstances perplex us and our choices are distasteful. We are to let go of human reasoning and put the Lord and His ways first (verse 5).
Fourth, the Bible can shed light on any situation we face, whether it has to do with finances, concerns, relationships, or work. Trusting God and getting answers from Him rather than from the world will bring blessing (verse 6).
As Christians, we want to keep moving “due north.” Is that the direction you are taking?
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