Direction Isn’t a Given

Day 11

“Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

– Psalms 119:104-105

We are always emphasizing the importance of reading the Word. If you ever feel like saying, “Ugh, I just don’t feel like it today,” hear this: reading the Word is a catalyst for your everyday life. It’s a huge part of our day that doesn’t take up much time in our daily routine. Kind of like the rudder on a ship: a small part with huge potential for changing the direction of a massive object. If helmsmen never utilized that rudder, they wouldn’t be able to steer in the right direction. Have you ever been on a boat or ship in the middle of a large lake or even on the ocean? You don’t really notice the rudder shifting around, and out on the ocean everything looks the same no matter which direction you look. In spite of that, helmsmen know how to rely on their navigation system so they can steer the ship straight and true. As they pay attention to that little computer, they’re automatically making little corrections here and there, allowing it to guide them along the way.

Think of reading the Word like watching that navigation system. You can’t just stare at it 24/7 or you’ll crash the ship (or crash your face into your Bible), but you also must be sure to regularly look back to it, and many times even carefully examine it to make sure you understand what it’s saying. The Word causes us to change direction in our lives based on what we read. A ship can go miles off course just by consistently veering off by one degree. How much more so are our lives changed by applying even one new scripture verse to our everyday lives on a consistent basis! We end up making a correction in one area, or putting more effort into another. Then one day, without even realizing it, we’re so far from that old life we used to participate in, we can hardly believe it!

So get out there and set aside some time today to read your Bible! You’ve got the dang app on your phone for crying out loud!

Pursue your purpose in Him,

Anthony B.