An old sailor and his compass


I recently read a story about an old sailor who once got lost at sea, so his friends gave him a compass and urged him to use it. The next time he went out in the boat, he followed their advice and took the compass with him. But just like the last time he became hopelessly confused and was unable to find land. Finally, after several hours and much effort the old sailor was rescued by his friends.

“Why didn’t you use that compass we gave you? You could have saved us a lot of trouble!” His friends asked.

The sailor responded, “I couldn’t! I wanted to go north, but as hard as I tried to make the needle aim in that direction, it just kept on pointing southeast.”

That old sailor was so certain he knew which way was north that he stubbornly tried to force his own personal will on his compass. Unable to do so, he tossed it aside as worthless. He failed to benefit from the guidance and direction it offered.

Hmmm.... Can you relate?  I can.   

Here's the thing.  Just like the compass gives direction if we use it properly, God gives us an amazing tool to help us to find guidance and direction for our lives.  What’s that tool you ask?  The Bible. 

This week we continue with part 3 of our series entitled Finding God’s Will.  Together, we will look at the role of scripture and how, when used properly, it can help us find the will of God for our lives!

Let's not be like the old sailor and his compass.