Uncharted Waters!

Would we think it absurd if a sea captain abandoned his compass for the day--just because he had crossed these particular waters before and thinks he knows the way? Frankly, I would not want to be on that particular vessel.

 How is it that we as Christians think we can abandon God's Word for a day? Is it because we really don't think we are abandoning His Word but think we have enough of it stored in our hearts to see us through the day? Is it because we are too busy? Is it because of priorities?

 In my Christian walk I have had periods of dedication to God's Word--times when my devotion was so great that I would do anything not to miss the reading of His Word--no matter what was on my schedule or what time I had to arise to do it--and I have had periods when I was not devoted--when the least little thing could send my attention flying off in any direction.

 And yes, I know the consequences of both. I know how fresh manna from heaven feeds the soul, the thinking, the reactions, the wisdom, the faith. And I also know how trying to store and use yesterday's experiences with God and His Word are not the food I need for today.

 God himself would not let the Children of Israel, as they roamed through the desert, depend upon yesterday's food.

We will experience uncharted waters today. Will we be prepared or will we be floundering? I encourage you to go to His compass today, His Word which will lead, guide and direct you.

 If we come to Him while the sailing is smooth, it will be natural to come to Him when the uncharted waters get choppy and breakers threaten to take our last vestige of hope.

At the very top of those angry waves when the storm has reached its peak, when we are hanging on with all our might, the sharks of doubt and fear below us, if we will look up, we will be able to see into the expanse--the lighthouse beckoning on the distant shore.

Charles Spurgeon reminds us of this in his morning devotional for today.

 Be assured that thy God will be thy counsellor and friend; he shall guide thee; he will direct all thy ways.  

In his written Word thou hast this assurance in part fulfilled, for holy Scripture is his counsel to thee. Happy are we to have God’s Word always to guide us!  

What were the mariner without his compass? And what were the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows all the way.  

Blessed be thou, O God, that we may trust thee to guide us now, and guide us even to the end! Charles Spurgeon


Sandy said…
Just finished reading that Spurgeon devotional
a while ago and thought it was great. I can't
live a day without the Bread from Heaven.
Hope you're doing well today.
Love you,
Adoption Mama said…
Sunday our message was on, the Word of God being the mind of Christ and how to approach it as such. It is not just another book. It is communicating with Him when we read. We don't get this and the full impact of it. Thanks for your passion in this.
Debbie said…
I have that same devotional book! It was given to me by some friends who know my deep love for Spurgeon.
Anita Johnson said…
We have been studing the Essenes and their time in the dessert studying God's word. What a good reminder of how God's word makes our paths straight.
Mary B said…
Wonderful thoughts Dianne...and SO true. Thank you sharing, my friend.

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