From where you are sitting, do you know which direction north is? As an illustration to this question in the past, I have asked a small group of people to close their eyes and point north. The outcome was very interesting. Some people immediately and confidently point a direction, while others seemed unsure and thought about it before reluctantly pointing a direction. After everyone decided which way to point, I asked them to open their eyes and look around the room while still pointing to the direction that they believed was north. The room soon was filled with giggles and comments. As I looked around the room, people were pointing in every direction, and I think there may have even been some pointing up, towards the sky. The truth was, not many knew which direction true north was when asked, unprepared, to demonstrate by pointing the direction they thought or understood it to be.
True north is a constant. It does not change. It is a measurable fact, a physical property of the magnetism of our planet, and is not a matter of opinion. It has been used for centuries as a way to gauge where you are and how to get where you want to be. It is used to help redirect you when you get lost and can’t find your bearings. If early explorers closed their eyes and pointed which direct they felt, or understood in their own minds, was north, there would be fewer stories of successful explorers because they would have been lost and never heard from again.
How often do we close our eyes and rely solely on our own understanding of this world and our lives?
Proverbs 3:5-8 reads
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
God provided for us a compass. It is our Bible, God’s Word. It tells us which way the Truth is, and gives us our bearings. It is an unchangeable, inerrant truth that we can rely on to find our way in this life. He gave us His compass so that we would not have to rely on our own understanding. He gave us His compass so we could find hope when we are lost. He gave us His compass so we could gauge where we are in His eyes and where we need to be. He gave us His compass so we could find our way home. He gave us His compass so that we could find our way back to Him. He gave us his Word so that we could be saved from our sins.
The GPS is the newest technology that helps us find our way around. It not only tells you which way is north, it tells you where exactly you are at and where to turn to reach a destination. It has its flaws though, sometimes telling to head down wrong streets or dead ends. This technology is nothing new to God, though. His GPS (aka God’s Positioning System, or God’s Plan Saves) has been around since man was made, and doesn’t steer you down a dead end street like the current devices do. Rely on God’s word, trust God, do not spend your time closing your eyes and pointing which direction you think is true north. Study your Bible, it is the compass that you need to guide your life.
This article was written by Peter Nelson. Peter may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.