Household gods give false advice,
fortune-tellers predict only lies,
and interpreters of dreams pronounce comfortless falsehoods.
So my people are wandering like lost sheep without a shepherd
Zechariah 10:2 NLT
Confession #245 of a complete nerd: I can’t stop thinking about compasses this week. Seriously. They are so cool! I googled “how does a compass work, for morons” and, even in moron-level english, it has got to be considered a miracle.
I became inspired to make my own compass with my boys so I looked that up a how-to on that, too, and it took on anther level of awesomeness. In order to make your own compass, you have to magnetize the needle you will be using. If you skip this step, the pile of supplies you’ve assembled will not point with purpose. BUT, if you simply rub it several times with a magnet, you’ve now magnetized it and it will point with purpose and guide it’s user home.
Are you seeing a deeper application here? I totally am!
In this world, there are almost an unlimited amount of choices and opportunities at any given moment. It’s staggering. And even with all the resources of technology at our fingertips, it’s still hard to know which right answer will be best in the long run. It’s nearly impossible. We can’t see into the future.
Unless we magnetize our needle.
If we see God as our magnet and – by making regular, intentional contact with him – we have the potential to find North (His will) in any situation.
But, most times we get sucked into thinking “there must be an easier way”… we’ve been getting sucked into this trap for thousands of years. Zechariah talks about it in chapter 10 of his book:
“Household gods give false advice, fortune-tellers predict only lies, and interpreters of dreams pronounce comfortless falsehoods. So my people are wandering like lost sheep, without a shepherd to protect and guide them.” (Zechariah 10:2 NLT)
Way back then and now today we look to human ideas and human resources to make our walk less of a wander. But God promises protection and guidance. He’s there every moment of every day, offering answers with the “true north” of eternity in mind.
So the question of the week is: What am I letting “magnetize” my walk?
Dear Lord, I’m such a spaz. Too many times, I let the business of life get in the way of what truly matters: spending time with you. Spending time in conversation with you and reading your words in the Bible are what gives me deep purpose, fulfillment and direction. Everything else is just entertainment and distraction. Please help me be a compass charged by you and pointing to you, in every moment instead. Amen.
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