Fresh Hope – 15th November 2019

I love maps, especially detailed Ordnance Survey maps. Not only do they give me a great overview of where I am, where I am trying to get to but also all the little details on the way. Turn left here; turn right there; there will be a steep hill; a river to cross; marshy ground; a cliff edge; everything I need to know in order to have a safe journey and get to my destination.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a map for life? So that at every turn, at every moment of decision we could simply look down and there would be the answer, the right direction.

The reason maps are so detailed is because someone has been there before and seen the roads, the lie of the land, how high the mountains are, how dense the forest.

The problem is that you and your life are unique, no one has ever lived your life, no one has ever had to make the decisions that you have to make today. How could there be a map?

The other issue with maps is that your destination has to be on the map otherwise it is useless. Again your life is unique, God has a plan for us and we know our destination is eternity, but that plan can be revealed step by step ‘A lantern to my feet’ – not a huge search light.

What we need is a compass. A compass always points north. No matter where you are, how dark, how lost, how dense the forest, how steep the mountain, a compass will always point you in the right direction. If you know your destination then all you have to do is keep a careful eye on the compass and at every turn you will know which is the right way.

The word of God is a compass for your life.

Reading the word of God, hearing the word of God and thinking about the word of God gives us a clear set of principles by which to live, applying those principles daily always takes us in the right direction. The problem is that we stop looking at the compass and try to find our own way, we stop applying the principles that God has given us and we soon get lost.

The great news is that it is never too late to pick up the compass. No matter where you are or how far you have gone off course, the compass of God’s word will take you back in the right direction.

Richard Ashmore

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