Compass or Map? – Hope 103.2

Compass or Map?

Read Psalm 19:8 8           The commandments of the Lord are right,                  bringing joy to the heart.              The commands of the Lord are clear,                  giving insight for living. (NLT) Let’s […]

By David ReayMonday 6 Aug 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 19:8

8           The commandments of the Lord are right,
                 bringing joy to the heart.
             The commands of the Lord are clear,
                 giving insight for living. (NLT)

Let’s face it, the Bible doesn’t tell exactly what to do in every life situation. The commandments given in the Bible are general. We have to ask the Spirit of God and seek the wisdom of others to know how to apply those general principles in a given situation.

I know I have to love my enemy, but how? What will it require? I know I have to challenge someone who is going off the right path, but when and where and how? I know I have to care for my family, but when will that care involve holding them close and when will it involve letting go?

Just opening the Bible and plucking out a verse or two can be dangerously misleading as well as a misuse of Scripture which is written as a narrative, not as a set of isolated proof texts. Then again, ignoring the Bible and simply making up our own minds is to assume we have wisdom we don’t actually have.

God’s general commands point us in the direction of justice and love. If a word or act is unjust and unloving, then we are disobedient to those commands. If we seek to generally live by serving the cause of justice and love, we will be on the right track even if specific application of those principles might not always be clear.

In the end, the Bible serves more like a compass than a detailed map. It points us in the right direction: wisdom and discernment give us more specific directions.

Blessings
David Reay