ANCHOR OF HOPE: The Perfect Way
“As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.”
Every day in life we are faced with decisions. Those decisions then navigate us through this journey we call life. Many times those decisions, regardless of one’s belief of the Lord, bring us to a crossroad: My Way or His Way. This simple illustration provides a great picture of that crossroad of decision.
“The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message ‘Alter your course 10 degrees south.’ Promptly a return message was received: ‘Alter your course 10 degrees north.’
“The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: ‘Alter your course 10 degrees south — I am the captain!’ Soon another message was received: ‘Alter your course 10 degrees north — I am seaman third class Jones.’ Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: ‘Alter your course 10 degrees south — I am a battleship.’ Then the reply came ‘Alter your course 10 degrees north — I am a lighthouse.’ ”
We like to call the shots, or make moves, just as the captain did in the illustration. After all, our way is always right, isn’t it? When the lighthouse, still unknown to the captain, replies back with an opposite way or course, he became angered. I have had this happen in my own life and have seen a similar reaction from people when what they believe contradicts the instruction given from the Lord.
Someone wants to take their life one direction, and the truths within the Bible point them in the opposite direction; as a result, they get angry at the direction or way they were given. The best course of action would have been to follow the simple directions initially.
Once angered, the captain, still not knowing it was the lighthouse, begins to “throw his weight around” in commands two and three. “I am the Captain” and “I am a battleship” he shouted back to reaffirm his commands. How many times have we done this with the “way of the Lord” when it has contradicted our way? “Lord, I am pastor _______”, or “Lord, I am a member at __________ church,” or “Lord, don’t you see what all I have done for you,” when all the Lord wants is for us to simply follow His way. After all, His way is perfect.
The Lord’s way may not always seem to be the easiest, or the shortest, or the most traveled, but His way is always perfect. Those who chose to follow the Lord’s way are not perfect, but His way is always perfect.
Tim Braddock is pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist Church in Destin and can be reached at Tbraddock@emeraldcoastbc.com.