Compasses not maps - Hope 103.2

Compasses not maps

By David ReayTuesday 11 Feb 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Acts 20:22-24

22 “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me,23 except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. 24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. (NLT)

When thinking about the future,we so often want a detailed road map setting out what will and will not happen. It gives us a sense of control,of being able to manage what is ahead. It is perhaps for that very reason that God doesn’t usually do that sort of thing. He wants to remind us he is in control. So he offers us more of a compass than a map.

Paul didn’t know specifically what would happen once he got to Jerusalem. But he was intent on serving Jesus no matter what. He had his general direction right: the details he could leave to the God who would equip him to face those details when they became reality.

Rather than insisting on a detailed road map for the day or the years ahead,we need to be sure first of all of our compass direction. The general thrust of our life,the overarching purpose. Which is to be Jesus’ agent in extending God’s rule on earth. Then entrust the details to God,believing he will enable us to complete the as yet unknown journey.

We need not know what is around the next corner. We only need to know who is around the next corner.

David Reay