Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
I love to hunt, and my wife, interestingly enough, bought me a new bow for my birthday. It is my first new bow, and my last one was/is a High Country that weighs more than most of what I shoot with it, and was from circa 98. I’m very excited. When I go hunting, I have a special bag with all the things I think I may even remotely need. Fire-starter, extra fluids, calls, surgical tube, knives (plural), snacks, gloves, range finder, wind direction detection unit (talcum powder), face mask, pocket bugle, flagging (just in case), a bone saw (just in case), flashlight, steel (sharpener) and rope. But the first thing that comes out of my bag when I exit my pickup is ------ my GPS.
While I’m bugling, or putting on my stuff, I have the GPS on my hood, getting a reading on where I parked. Having my bearings gives me confidence as I hunt, that where ever the elk lead me, I can get back home. I don’t have to backtrack, or use the breadcrumb method; I can go bee-line, straight to my pickup. I can’t tell you the peace of mind this brings me as I navigate through the unfamiliar, potentially hostile terrain.
Let’s turn the Spiritual Switch: Do you have your destination marked? Your ultimate destination as well as your immediate destination? Are you navigating this potentially hostile world with the confidence that something will ultimately bring you home? Something not effected by perception, emotion, or circumstance? If your direction here changes due to mission or a train wreck, is your ultimate goal still assured? “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1st John 5:13. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform (complete) it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Phil. 1:6. “for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2nd Tim. 1:12.
These verses contain no ambiguity. They are pretty clear. It’s funny to me that we will trust a GPS or compass to lead us home, without question, but will most often Not trust the Creator of the universe to bring us home. He has ordained a way, (Jesus Christ) but we so often - most often try to get there on our own. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. John 14:6. Note the present tense, definite article, exclusive “the”. Turn on your spiritual GPS, and follow it. God Bless.