Celestial Positioning System

Celestial Positioning System

I didn’t think it would happen to me. How hard can it be to follow the color coordinated markers painted on the trees along the trail? We were going to enjoy a beautiful hike in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. As a junior higher, I knew I could lead my sister and mother in the right path. This was elementary. 
The trail was supposed to loop around. Ahem, that’s what we were intending to do. However, we kept wandering further and further. The beautiful day grayed. A storm was rolling in which made our search for the right path more urgent. Feeling as though we would never recover our way, we walked toward the sounds of cars in the distance. With rain-soaked clothes and shoes, we started walking up the road. A man offered to give us all a ride up to the next parking lot. It was a gamble, but we were glad we took his offer for the car was much farther up the road than we had anticipated. 
We believe we are naturally following a good path. It makes sense to us. We have seen others “succeed” on this path. It serves our needs well. Whatever the reason, we do not consider whether we may be mistaken. Pharaoh is the “poster child” of rebellion. He had fixed his heart on a path which suited him and he was willing to exhaust all his resources to prove he was right. It’s easy to criticize Pharaoh since we see the end of his way was destruction. The question is are you certain you are on the right path in life? If you are simply following a natural path with little resistance, there is a good chance you may need to find the right path.
In order to find the right path, you must find the compass of wisdom. 
Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living…God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof…And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:20-21, 23, 28).
The word “depart” in Job 28:28 means to turn aside from following. Embedded in this verse you see the natural pursuit of mankind is to follow after evil. Jesus preached, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5). Staying on the good path requires a “celestial positioning system” where we we verify our coordinates with the wisdom which only comes from God. Paul told the Corinthians, “Follow after charity” and “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:1, 33). The word “confusion” has the root idea of rebellion. Confusion is the fruit of following that evil path in rebellion to the wisdom of God. 
Check your signal. Make certain your coordinates align with the wisdom of God. This simple investigation is called the fear of the Lord. 

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