Fresh Hope – 28th March 2016

Our youngest son Caleb passed his driving test a few days ago.

It was not his first test, suffice to say that we’ve been out driving a fair bit over the last few months.

As he drove to the test centre a few days ago, we chatted through the basics once more to ensure that he remembered everything that he’d been taught.

On his last test that he failed, he was taken one route that was very unfamiliar to him and he missed one of the important speed restriction signs that marked the way – he didn’t break the speed limit…he actually went too slow!

As I left him at the driving test centre this time round, the last thing we talked about was that it didn’t matter how unfamiliar the territory was to him, as long as he applied the same principles and rules along the way. It was also irrelevant as to where the route took him as long as he observed the warning signs.

Strangely enough, the instructor took him where he’d never been before, and he had no clue at all where he’d been when I asked him later – all he knew was that he’d passed.

There will be times for all of us when our lives take us down some very unfamiliar roads. We will have never experienced some of the twists and turns, and will have no clues as to what to expect.

The advice is just the same that I gave to Caleb: it doesn’t matter where you go just apply the same principles from God’s word and you’ll be fine.

Watch out for the warning signs, obey them and you can’t go wrong.

Sometimes we can see things clearly in the light of day but when we’re in a dark time, we start to panic and get afraid – just remember this…whatever you learn in the light practice in the dark.

A pilot is taught that when flying through the clouds and you have no visible bearings around you, just simply fly by your instruments. Trust them and you won’t go wrong.

God has placed in our hands a manual for living…it’s His word, the Bible.

If you believe it, obey it and live by it, it will be a constant guide, no matter where you find yourself.

Psalm 119:105-112 ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet,a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage for ever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.’

Pastor Mark

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