I Am The Lighthouse
2/8/2018

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12

Have you ever run across another fellow Christian Brother or Sister who was not as enthusiastic about their walk with God as they were the last time you spoke with them?  They might have even been downright bitter because another believer let them down or hurt them by their actions.  I actually see this happening often in marriages, as one spouse will seem to check out on God because of what they are experiencing in their relationship at home.

When I am given the chance to speak with those who are hurt, there will usually be a laundry list of things being brought up to justify their feelings. I want to be empathetic to what they are experiencing, but I also want to point them back to the One who can heal their heart, and guide them through any trial or test. This is the difference between “sympathy” and “empathy.” 

Sympathy tends to jump down in the ditch and wallow around with the person in need, and before you know it both people are getting caught up in the ugliness of bitterness and loss of hope.  Empathy, on the other hand, acknowledges what is needed and decides to stay focused on helping the person who is hurting.  Sort of like grabbing a rope and tying it off on a nearby tree to help the person out of the ditch — it provides the tools needed to properly assist them to safety.

I think it is very important for us to be good listeners, but we must always be ready to encourage others with God’s counsel to guide them back onto the proper course. 

It makes me think of a certain story told of a battleship cruising the Atlantic Ocean off the northern coast of Maine. It was a stormy night with little visibility.  The commander of the ship was notified by his crewmate, “sir, there’s a light ahead, an oncoming vessel.”

The commander responded, “Signal the oncoming vessel to change their course ten degrees to the west.”  The message was sent, but a light flashed back a message, “Change your course ten degrees to the east.”

The commander barked back, “Signal again to change your course ten degrees to the west!  I am an Admiral!”  But the light flashed back signaling the message, “Change your course ten degrees to the east. I am a Seaman Third Class.”

By now the admiral was exasperated and furious as he yelled out for the signal to be sent to, “Change your course ten degrees to the west, I am a battleship!”  But the message was sent back swiftly saying, “Change your course ten degrees to the east. I am a lighthouse!”

So it is with us, as we say to the Lord, “I want to go my way Lord!”

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Be willing to seek the counsel of God’s Word, especially when you are being thrown off course in your Christian walk. If you find yourself in a bad situation, look for the lighthouse to guide you home.  

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from Proverbs 14:12 about the decisions we may think are right in our life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you see lights flashing signals to change your course in various areas of your life?  Are you willing to change course?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to seek God’s Word, and to follow Jesus no matter what others may choose. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word to guide me properly.  Help me to remember my commitment to live unto You, regardless of what others may do to me. I love You and I need You Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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