The Pilot’s Rutter

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Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

Augustus Hare

Psalm 119:129-136

New International Version (NIV)

129 Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.

All glory and honor to The only wise God today for He has ushered me into another Birthday today. He has gifted me with the thirst of righteousness and I arose to this blessed day with Him being the first thought. I Immediately went into this study. During the era of great sea exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, sailing ships traversed vast, hazardous oceans and navigated dangerous coastlines. Pilots used various navigation techniques, including a book called a “rutter”(not the “rutter,” the ship’s steering device). This was a log of events kept by earlier voyagers who chronicled their encounters with previously unknown and difficult waters. By reading the sailing details in a rutter, captains could avoid hazards and make it through difficult waters.

In many ways, the Christian life is like a voyage, and the believer needs help in navigating life’s perilous seas. We have that help because God has given us His word as a “spiritual rutter.” Often when we reflect on a meaningful passage, we can recall God’s faithfulness through trying circumstances. As the psalmist suggests, perils are found not only in life situations but also in our inner tendency towards sin. Because of these dual concerns, he wrote, “Direct my steps by your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me”(119:133).

As you reflect on the teaching in the bible, you’ll be reminded of God’s past care, assured of the Lord’s guidance in trying circumstances, and warned against sinfulness. That’s the advantage of having a “spiritual rutter.”

My Bible is a guidebook true
That points for me the way,
That gives me courage, hope, and cheer
And guidance for each day.

With God’s Word as your map and His Spirit as your compass, you’re sure to stay on course. He’s tried and true to do what He said. We have tried Him and He is good.

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