January 5, 2008
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
So, how’s the New Year going for you?
As we launch into 2008, I remember the story of a ship that had to be abandoned because a giant storm had caused it to take in too much water. As the sailors were climbing into the lifeboats to make their escape, one of them suddenly jumped out of his rescue vessel and ran back into the sinking ship. After what seemed like forever, he reappeared holding something under his coat.
What could have been worth this man taking such a risk? Very simple, he had forgotten his compass.
You and I have just entered a new year. No doubt we will, in these next 361 days, encounter some storms. Some of those storms will seem strong enough to sink us.
Although we always need the Savior, it is precisely during the moments when the waves of difficulty are crashing down and we are unsure of our way that we will need to keep our eyes fixed on Christ, our Compass.
So, if you haven’t made any resolutions for this year, I encourage you to make this one: Trust your crucified and ever-living Savior in this new year. And, if you encounter someone who is adrift, share the power of the Lord with that person.
There is no more accurate Compass than our Lord of love who always points the right way for those who trust in Him.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Oh, Lord, rescue us from our floundering and our daily failed attempts at finding our own way. Teach us to set our bearings on You, the only sure Guide through this world. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries