Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Compass

Your heart is not the compass that God steers by. -- Samuel Rutherford

That statement gave me a jolt. Its so easy to fall into the comfortable place of God as my Father, ready to always give me my heart's desire. But I'm forgetting His Word says "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

I think about all of the things my heart has desired over the years and I am so grateful God did NOT give me those things!  He is the only one who knows the end from the beginning.  I have to confess, there are times when I've read the last chapter of a book before I read the first---I know, shame on me.  But sometimes I just have to know everything is going to turn out right or I don't want to waste my time reading it!  I HATE unhappy endings!

Well, the Holy Spirit, speaking through David in Psalm 139, said all of our days were written in a book before there was ever one of them.  God has read the last chapter and knows how it all turns out!  Therefore, He knows just how much refining I need to become all He intends for me to be.  My own heart would never, ever choose suffering.  But the Lord knows that I will be a better and more compassionate person if I go through difficult trials that humble me and bring me to a place of total dependence on Him. 

He also knows the people who need to be in my life, and those who don't. I think back to some of the relationships I wanted so much and how frustrated I was when they didn't work out.  But all along, God had a plan. He was guiding me daily along a path that lead to His perfect will.  He knows what direction that is, and I don't. He holds the compass that will point me in the right direction always. Left to choose my own direction guided by the compass of my heart, I would choose paths that have "roadside bombs" waiting to blow up my life. No, my heart is not a good compass.  It will lead me to ruin.  The true compass for my life is in the hand of my Father in heaven who loves me eternally and unconditionally, and who will guide me safely to my heavenly home.