Like a dinghy tossed from wave to wave, we often find it difficult to discern which spiritual advice to follow. One person says this, another that. One article says do this, another says otherwise. So how can we know which moral compass we should follow?
Everyone postures as an “authority” on their particular specialty. And because opinions differ, we wade through the suggestions to see which ones fit and which don’t. Then we sail on along our spiritual voyage.
Because choosing bad advice will lead us off course, we don’t just listen to any advice. We carefully select trustworthy guidance. But how do we know what is trustworthy?
It seems like many we trust eventually migrate to newspaper headlines. Moral failures and mistakes disqualify them from being a moral compass to help guide us. Their downfall discourages us and forces us to question our faith.
But should it?
Instead of placing our hope in famous authors or celebs, what if we trusted in God’s Word? What if we let the Bible be the rudder directing our course rather than the opinions of fallible persons. Can Scripture be our infallible authority? If so, then moral failures of persons we respect will not rock us. Our hope is not grounded in them, it’s anchored in the Bible.
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. (Matthew 7:24, 25 NET)
Scripture is the anchor we can trust in the storms we encounter. The rains will fall but we have the security of God’s Word to help us. When we trust Him, we won’t be disappointed because He is our rock. His Word is our anchor.
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