Saturday, January 5, 2013

Page 5 of 365: Moral Compass by Tom Felten

Get God’s “Garmin” to find your way through the wilderness. Get in-
to His Word to find true moral direction. -Tom Felten

If you’re a hiker who depends on a trusted compass to find your way through the wilderness, it might be time to invest in a GPS device. Why? The earth’s magnetic field is changing. According to scientists, the magnetic poles are “sliding towards Siberia at 34 miles per year at a speed that has accelerated 36 percent over the past 10 years.” A compass, which relies on magnetic north, can no longer be trusted. The good news is that fluctuations in the magnetic field have occurred throughout history. Just get that Garmin and you’ll be fine!

It’s obvious that there has been some serious “sliding” in the way people view morality. We could definitely use a moral compass fixed on a true north. That’s what the writer of Hebrews presented to his readers in chapter 5. These fluctuating believers, likely from house churches in Rome, were “spiritually dull” and needed to be taught once again “the basic things about God’s Word” (Hebrews 5:11-12). The writer wanted them to step up their intake of “solid” Scripture so that they could “recognize the difference between right and wrong” (Hebrews 5:14).

God’s Word provides the unchanging instruction we need. It’s our moral compass to navigate life in a way that glorifies Him. Take a few moments and read through some of the Bible’s clear directions:

• Exodus 20:1-17: God’s great commands to obey.

• Mark 7:20-23: Jesus’ partial list of immoral things to avoid.

• Ephesians 4:17–5:21: Paul’s contrasting of morally right and wrong behaviors.

If we don’t take the time to feed on and consciously apply God’s truth to our lives, we’ll remain spiritually dull. The fixed point of our compass will simply move with the masses. Get God’s “Garmin” to find your way through the wilderness. Get into His Word to find true moral direction.

Also read: Hebrews 5:11-14 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Think About This: Why do some people feel they don’t need a moral compass? What’s one area in your life that needs the application of God’s moral instruction today?

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