Psalm 43:3, “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me”
Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble”
The story has been told of two men who had been out deep-sea fishing when night began to fall. As they headed back toward land, the more experienced seaman got sleepy and turned the helm over to his friend. The veteran sailor pointed out the North Star and said, “Just keep the boat going in that direction.” The man hadn’t been at his task very long before he too fell asleep. When he awoke he was thoroughly confused. He shook his friend frantically and shouted, “Wake up and show me another star! I’ve run clean past that first one!”
My brethren there are countless people today who are looking for something new to guide their lives because they’ve lost sight of God’s standard found only in His Eternal Word. They regard the Bible as a relic from the past. However, God’s laws are just as relevant and practical now as when He first gave them to us. His standards are more constant than the North Star and as unfailing as the law of gravity. The pages of Scripture bring us face to face with ourselves, with God, and with His grand design for our lives. Psalm 32:8 puts it this way, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go”.
Thus, a safe course has been charted in this life for every born-again-believer who has placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the living and resurrected Savior. My brethren, that course is found only in God’s Eternal Word and is that narrow road spoken of by Jesus in the Scriptures. But when we deviate or change course from that which He has charted for us is when we get into all kinds of trouble. The psalmist knew this, and that’s why he prayed, “Oh send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me” (Psalm 43:3).
The Bible and the work of God’s Holy Spirit are like a map and a compass. The Bible is our map. The apostle Paul assured Timothy that Scripture lays out the route of sound doctrine and righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). But you are thinking where’s the compass in this passage? The compass is the work of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s “manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance” (2 Timothy 3:10, 14). Because Timothy carefully followed Paul’s spirit-led example, he didn’t lose his way. My brethren, we need to take to heart the words of the apostle Paul when he reminded young Timothy of the importance of knowing God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:14-17) and of carefully and diligently carrying out his ministry of teaching others (2 Timothy 2:15). The goal of such teaching is not just learning, but Christlike living. Paul also urged him to tell others about Christ and to warn them not to turn aside (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
We must keep foremost in our mind, that the domain in which we live is that of our adversary satan, and as such, the values of this, his sinful and wicked world, can very easily influence and tempt us to despise “sound doctrine” and to accept that which is false. Satan wants us to get off and stay off course; wherein the believer neglects God’s Word and the purpose for which each of us have been called. Perhaps Bible reading, prayer, and Sunday worship were once part of your childhood, but you no longer practice them. Now you’re wandering and don’t know what to believe. Look to the map and compass once again (God’s breathed Word)! Read the Bible and recall the life of parents, ministers, and friends who walked with Christ and get back on the right course.
With God’s Word as your map and His Spirit as your compass, you’re sure to stay on course.