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Devotional by Mark Jerndt

A Compass, Road Map, or GPS

I don’t know how many in today’s world use a compass. For those not too familiar with this instrument, it is a device that indicates direction. It shows the directions north, south, east, and west on the compass face as abbreviated initials. I suspect that it is not used as much today as it was in my earlier years.

A road map, by dictionary definition is a map showing roads especially for automobile travel, or it can be a detailed plan to guide progress toward a goal. I suspect that road maps used for automobile travels has been largely replaced by the GPS.

A GPS (global positioning system), is also a navigation system that uses satellites to provide location. It can be used to map forests, help farmers harvest their fields, used in military applications, and even used to help emergency crews to locate people in need of assistance.

All three are directional finders. Let’s start with the compass. It shows us direction and leads us in the path we want to go. So also, God’s Word must be our compass. It will not lead us in the wrong direction. We can count on it with our very lives to show us God’s plan (direction) for our lives.

The Road map is much like the compass, and although there are similarities, the road map give us finer details to guide towards our goal. Again, God’s Word can be seen as a road map. It maps out to us God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus is clearly defined in each book of the Bible if we were to take the time to study it.

Now the GPS is a little trickier to explain. The GPS system can be quite complicated as it depends on satellites to provide location. I see the letters GPS as God’s Plan of Salvation. There are no satellites needed. It is mapped out throughout the Scriptures. God’s plan of salvation was and is through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

So the next time you think of a compass, a road map, or GPS, think in terms of these all being directional finders to our way of salvation.

Mark Jerndt

Elder Emeritus

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