February 2010

What’s your sense of direction?

Story of the day: What’s your sense of direction?

There’s a story about a man who lived in northern Michigan and decided to take a walk in a densely forested area. When darkness began to settle in, he decided it was time to head for home. He was familiar with hiking in the woods and felt he had a keen sense of direction, so he didn’t bother to look at his compass.

After walking for a long time, though, he decided he’d better check it. He was surprised to see that the compass indicated he was going west–not east as he had thought. But he was so sure of his own sense of direction that he concluded there must be something wrong with the compass. He was about to throw it away in disgust when this thought came to him: My compass has never lied to me yet, maybe I should believe it. He chose to follow its direction and soon found his way out of the woods and back home. [RWD]

So often we too can find ourselves lost in an area that we thought we knew pretty well. Maybe we think we can handle certain situations, or be a part of something that isn’t good for us.  And just like this gentleman, we think we can find our own way out of situation not needing the help of our compass, but instead we find ourselves completely lost and not knowing where to go. When you feel that you have lost your way, don’t discount God’s Word, because it will always point you in the right direction.

Quote of the day: Carter

“The Bible always points the believer in the right direction.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Kings 8:58 (NKJV)

“that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You lead me by Your Word, which is my compass in all things that I do. Father, when I find myself in unknown territory, may I presume not to know it all and that I can fix any situation. I pray to rely on You for every decision that I make and that it brings You honor and glory! I love you and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


August 2009

The Guide

Story of the day:  The Guide

Elisabeth Elliott tells in A Slow and Certain Light:

Two adventurers came stopped by to see me, all loaded with equipment for the rain forest east of the Andes.  They sought no advice, just a few phrases to converse with the Indians.

Sometimes we come to God as the two adventurers came to me–confident and, we think, well-informed and well-equipped.  But has it occurred to us that with all our accumulation of stuff, something is missing?

Maybe we often ask God for too little.  We know what we need–a yes or no answer, please, to a simple question.  Or perhaps a road sign.  Something quick and easy to point the way.

What we really ought to have is the Guide himself.  Maps, road signs, a few useful phrases are good things, but infinitely better is Someone who has been there before and knows the way.

Quote of the day:  Huisman

“Like a compass, God always points you in the right direction.”

Bible verse of the day:  Genesis 12:1

“The LORD has said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are my Ultimate Guide.  I put my total trust and faith that You will get me to where You want me to be.  Thank You for leading me down this path and for showing me where to go.  I thank You for this blessed day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen