I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you - Psalm 32:8 ESV
'Honey, I got this, you don't have to put the address into the navigation system.' I know where I'm going and we will get there on time. Does this sound familiar guys? We love to know the direction that we are headed. I think that this is something that's hardwired into a guy's DNA to know where we are going and don't need help in getting there. If we do get lost, it takes an act of Congress for us to admit it. I remember living in Chicagoland and getting lost on a number of occasions and having to ask my wife how to get to a particular place. I had to swallow my pride to make that phone call and admit that I was lost. Once we moved to Kentucky, I resolved to learn my way around so that I would know where I was at all times and wouldn't need any help with directions (side note: I purchased a vehicle that had a compass, which helped immensely).
What sort of direction are we as men leading our family in? What direction is our spiritual life headed? If we do get lost, how do we find our way back to the right path and start heading back into the right direction? When I am lost because I have deviated from the path, I seek guidance and instruction from someone that has the answers and the benefit of experience on their side from travelling that route before. In some cases, it will be a trusted advisor that I have relied on previously to provide the guidance needed to head in the right direction.
Dictionary.com defines a compass as an 'instrument for determining directions, as by means of a freely rotating magnetized needle that indicates magnetic north.' The most reliable compass that we available to us to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are going in the right direction is our Father. He is there for us in all situations and is ready and waiting to provide instruction. The only caveat is that we have to be open and willing to obey Him when He provides the instruction. We cannot be stubborn like I've been on many occasions when I was lost and didn't want to accept help. As the scripture above states, He will instruct you and teach you in the way you are to go. It goes on to say that His eyes will be upon you as He counsels and continually watches over you. If that's the case, why wouldn't we tap into that resource and utilize it on a consistent basis? Men, I challenge you to swallow your pride, admit when you are lost and accept the wise counsel that our Heavenly Father provides for you. Doing so will ensure that you stay on the correct route on your journey here on Earth.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.