The Needle That Points The Way

Saturday, September 21, 2002

John 14:4-6 – "You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

I used to lead a Cub pack, and one of the things we taught was how to use a compass for direction, so as not to get lost in unfamiliar territory. The magnetic force of the earth always moves the needle of the compass and points it to the north. It all seemed so easy, but there were always some who had difficulty using the compass for direction.

With modern technology, we have much less use for the compass, as most of our ways are already charted out for us to follow. Yet even today, I can look up into my car's rear view mirror and see a compass there to show the direction in which I am going.

This brought a different kind of thought to mind, using the analogy of God as the magnetic force, the Bible as the compass we hold, and Jesus as the needle who always points the way to follow in the right direction. We can use our Bible to direct us to Jesus. He will always show us the way, and we will never be lost, for, like the compass and the needle pointing to the north, so does Jesus always point us to God.

Let us study God's Word in the Bible, which gives us knowledge to find and to know the way, the truth, and the life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead us in the direction You would have us to go. Turn our hearts towards You, and not towards selfish gain. Turn our eyes away from worthless things, and preserve our lives according to Your Word. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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