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Changing Course?

"Your word [Godís Word] is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."1

The following was circulated in an email some time ago but has a timely message that is good to be reminded about.

As the large ship cruised ahead through the night darkness, a message from ahead was received: "Make a course adjustment to avoid a collision."

Immediately the ship responded: "I am an admiral. You make a course adjustment."

"I am a petty officer. You make a course adjustment," came the reply.

"I am an aircraft carrier. You had better turn quickly," the admiral commanded.

The petty officer responded: "I am a lighthouse. You are the one who had better turn."2

For the Christian, God's Word is our guide through all of life, through the good days as well as through the dark nights. Every instruction, every commandment is there for our protection, for our safety, for our well-being. We disregard it to our peril. As Solomon wrote, "Despise God's Word and find yourself in trouble. Obey it and succeed,"3 and again, "Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection."4

God's Word is the "course adjustment" lighthouse for us. If we're heading in a dangerous direction, we are the ones who need to heed the directions and change course.

Suggested prayer: "Thank you God that 'Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.' Give me the good sense and the courage to always follow in your ways so my life will never be shipwrecked. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).
2. Source unknown.
3. Proverbs 13:13 (TLB)(NLT).
4. Proverbs 30:5 (TLB)(NLT).


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