In the official magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch reported on a very unusual encounter at sea. A battleship was coming in for maneuvers in heavy weather. Shortly after the sun went down, the lookout reported a light in the distance, so the captain had the signalman send a message: "We're on a collision course. Advise you change your course twenty degrees." Minutes later a signal came back: "Advisable for you to change your course." The captain angrily ordered that another signal be sent: "I am a captain. Change course twenty degrees." Again came the reply: "I'm a seaman, second class. You'd better change your course." Furious by this point, the captain barked a final threat: "I'm a battleship! Change your course!" The signal came back, "I'm a lighthouse." The captain changed his course! It's foolhardy to ignore the beacons that warn you of danger. They take various forms: symptoms of health problems, prolonged marital conflict, rebellious children, excessive debt, soul-destroying habits, stress that ties you in knots. The list goes on. It matters not whether you're successful, influential, and busy. When God sends you a warning and tells you to change course, if you're wise you won't argue. Instead you will do it with haste. Let's get personal. Has God been dealing with you over something in your life that's wrong, but you keep resisting Him? Or putting off dealing with it? Things will go right for you when you turn to Him instead of away from Him.
"The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." (Psalm 147:11)
A Prayer: Oh Lord, may there be in our hearts, at the same time, both a reverence of Your majesty and a resting in Your goodness, both a believing dread of Your wrath and a believing expectation of Your favour; not that we must hang in suspense between hope and fear, but we must act under the gracious influences of hope and fear. May our fear save our hope from swelling into presumption, and our hope save our fear from sinking into despair. May we hope in Your mercy, even when we cannot find a particular promise to stay ourselves upon!
Week #36 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 10-12
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 20-24
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 105-107
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 22
Thursday: (Prophecy) Joel
Friday: (Gospels) John 13-15
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Timothy 3-4