What’s my compass?
I can’t say I have seen a proper handheld compass used recently. They seem to have been replaced by other items such as GPS and Satnav and only got out of the cupboard for people doing Duke of Edinburgh award or scouts. All have a common goal, to guide and direct people to where they want to go. But it is so easy to get lost in everything that is going on around us and society tells us that we need to know what we are doing next and where we are going. The pressure is around to have a 5, 10 or even 20 year plan for our lives when quite often it is hard enough to be sure of what we are doing in the next hour.
This is especially true in terms of our spiritual lives. If a compass is slightly off even by 1 degree we may start off not far off from where we aim to be but when we get further down the road we are miles from where we want to be. This is so easy to do when we try to find the way by ourselves without any help. Even though we may have the best intentions we just cannot find our own way. In John 14:6 “Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.”” This gives us hope that we can actually get to where we want to be, in the presence of God.
To achieve our goal of finding our way into the presence of God we just have to rely on Jesus as our guide and compass. This is something that is common for people to struggle with as we see in Psalm 43:3-5
“Give me your lantern and compass,
Give me a map,
So I can find my way to the Sacred mountain,
To the place of your presence.
To enter the place of worship,
Meet my exuberant God,
Sing my thanks with a harp,
Magnificent God, my God.
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God –
Soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.”
This is the call to fix our eyes on Jesus, the compass and lantern showing us the way to where God dwells. Whether we are suffering in our lives or enjoying them and our aim is to be in God’s presence we can know that he is the true joy in out lives. It is in this place we are able to fully praise and worship God, not a God who is far and distant but a God who draws us in because of his love for us.
– Nathan Stephens« Alpha | Kingdom Overflow »