Channel Marker

Sunday, May 25, 2008
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Psalm 31:3 – For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guide me. (NKJV)

We recently took up boating, which has opened up a whole new way for us to view the area in which we live.

Using a map to negotiate roads is something we all grow up to do in one way or another. Reading a chart (my boys will pleased I am not calling it a map) has had its challenges. Learning the lingo that goes with boating has also provided some amusing times.

I am sure that we have been quite a sight, clipping along on the open water, when one of us, seeing a channel marker, yells "Channel marker!" The person who is driving grinds the boat to a standstill, as four heads then peer down on the chart to find the route to be taken next. These channel markers are very important and must be followed in order to keep us away from rocks and shoals and sandbars that are lurking just below the surface.

In the Old Testament, we read of how the Lord provided a light for His people to follow.

Exodus 13:21 – And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. (NKJV)

The Lord also provides channel markers for us to follow, as we see from the following Scripture:

Revelation 7:17 – For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. (NKJV)

How reassuring to know that the Lord will not leave us wandering around in darkness! He will guide and show us the way. Yes, at times we will come to a grinding halt and seem to be standing still, but we need only to put our trust in our Lord and Saviour to guide us through the rocks, shoals, and sandbars of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your channel markers in life that guide and direct us safely. Many in this world are outside the channel markers that You have so lovingly provided. Help us to come alongside them and bring them into a relationship with You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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