My son’s Navy training includes land nav—land navigation. Because I am such a military wanna-be, I’m brushing up on my compass and map skills. To keep from becoming lost, my handy-dandy wilderness survival guide advises me to choose a stationary focal point and use it to plot my course.
Hmmm. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 17:24–God thought of that one a long time ago:
“A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”
God applies the principle to character. God is our wisdom, our strong, immovable Rock, and our stationary focal point. He doesn’t change. Not in bad weather, hard times, whatever. When we keep Him in view, we know where we are. Rain may fall. Bees may hover in the next tree and a skunk may lurk in the next bush.
But we are not lost.
And knowing where you stand(literally) is a good thing.
What is it like to be lost? Do we even know it at first? Describe the process.
How do you feel when you know where you’re going?
How do we know where we stand? What tells us?
What does God’s Word tell us?
How do challenges or obstacles affect your attitude when you know where you’re going? When you’re lost?