Staying on Course

Cliff Ellison 

“Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today,” (Deuteronomy 8:11, ESV)

I once read a story about William Edward Perry, a famous English explorer, who mapped out most of the Southern Polar Cap. Many of his maps are still being used today by those who travel to that desolate, sub-zero continent. On one particular expedition, he and his crew, having completed mapping for an uncharted region, were preparing to hike to another unfamiliar location. On the eve of their departure, they studied the stars and determined their exact coordinates. As the sun rose, they began a hard, lengthy journey north to this unmapped region. They marched through the ice and snow all day long with the freezing air burning their lungs.

As the sun set, they made camp, totally exhausted from their trip.  After their evening meal, Mr. Perry studied the stars again to determine their exact coordinates.  He was stunned to learn that even though he and his crew had journeyed north all day, that they were now further south than when they had begun in the morning.  After struggling to solve this problem, they discovered that even though they had traveled north, they were on a giant ice flow that was moving faster south than they were moving north. While they thought they were going in the right direction, they were sliding away and did not even know it.

That’s how sin began to take over the lives of so many.  It’s so easy to believe you are moving forward going in the right direction, but while all the time you are only moving off course further away from the will of God.
Like William Perry, who rechecked his grid coordinates with God’s celestial map. We should religiously recheck our coordinates with the map God provided us in the Holy Bible.  Things like worldly worries, the false sense of security brought on by prosperity, and the desire for more can impact our capability of staying on course.

But by continually reading and rereading the Word of God, it can to prevent us from drifting off course.  Ask questions.  Seek advice from mature Christians.

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11, ESV)

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