I love walking – especially in the hills with my collie dog, Gemma. There are not many times I venture away from walks that I know well and so I am not very used to using maps – but I do know how to use a compass. Compasses are fairly straight forward once you know where you are and where you want to go. There are 4 basic choices – North, South, East and West. On this journey God is taking us on how do we know which direction to walk? – we use a compass.
Let’s look at the compass the Israelites used.
He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
The four points on this compass are
- Listen to His voice
- Do what is right
- Do what He ask
- Let him heal you
When you use a compass the first thing you need to work out is where you are and where you want to go. God asks the children of Israel what their intentions are? Why are they on this adventure? How will they know where to go?
Adventures are tough. They will push you to your limit, but on the way you will see some amazing sights. At times you will wonder what on earth you are doing and why you are putting yourself through all this. It is important to know why you are setting off, who you are journeying for, who is travelling with you and how far you are prepared to travel.
If you are travelling on this adventure what are your intentions? Why are you setting off? Who are you journeying with? Who is travelling with you? How far are you prepared to travel? How will you know where to go?
- Listen to my voice – make it a priority to spend time listening to God
- Do what is right – pay deliberate and thoughtful attention to what you are learning and how you need to apply it
- Do what I ask – decide that no matter what he asks you trust him enough to radically obey
- Let me heal you – open your life to God and allow Him to heal you mind, soul, spirit and body