Navigators used fixed points to navigate. Slaves followed the North Star. Where are we?
|I had a time in the Navy in the mid 1970’s when I was stationed on an oiler near the advent of global positioning satellites. Our job was to reprovision the fleet so it kind of took us by surprise when the fleet up and left us. We figured they had different orders. It seemed odd, but we continued to set our course based on star sightings—something that had been done for centuries.
A couple of days later, they came sailing back full steam to join us. The satellites were wrong. God set the stars in place precisely in the heavens. God and stars are a lot more trustworthy and permanent than GPS. Our fleet was again on the same mission.
The bible defines truth in terms of a person, Jesus Christ. The world says truth is relative. Pull up a computer map from several different sources. They are all different. If the truth is relative, then a lot of us are going to be lost or driving through very adverse conditions. You can’t get anywhere if the bridge is out.
“I don’t feel lost,” you say. What are the best ways to travel tomorrow and the next day? What is the best way to God? Some of the prophets of old spent time in the desert. It is amazing to me that so few people ask God the question. Men don’t ask directions you say. Women get indignant with us, insisting that we are lost.
The response may be, “I don’t know and I don’t care. “ You really are lost, if you don’t know you are lost in the first place. You end up just getting more lost. Take your sightings on He that doesn’t change
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” The first portion of being directed is to know where you are in the first place. Most of us have some place to be. We know it in our heart of hearts. God tells us. We will get direction step-by-step and day-by-day. That is the nature of faith. Don’t expect a twenty-five year itinerary. He guides you in the here and now with things that don’t change.