I declare in the name of Jesus I will not let the enemy’s distractions cause me to lose my way. I displace the enemy by expanding the Kingdom in my heart and mind. I am focused on Jesus like an arrow hitting the mark!
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
It’s very embarrassing for a guy like me to get lost. I don’t know why, but I’m always convinced I’ll get to the right place and I tend to get mad at the road if it doesn’t cooperate with me.
If I do get lost, it’s usually because I’m talking on the cell phone. I miss exits and outright drive to wrong cities if I stay on the phone long enough. I’ve been known to hang up, look up and say, “How did I get here?”
The same thing happened to Commander George P. Ryanway. On Nov. 23, 1877, the last of the great naval steam ships, the USS Huron, left port and headed south toward Cuba captained by the best and brightest West Point had to offer.
Because he was acutely aware of his education, Ryanway ignored warning after warning of upcoming storms. He was confident his compass and his knowledge could help him weather any gale or wave.
However, he failed to realize there was a tiny 1-degree error in the ship’s compass. The further it headed south, the closer the USS Huron would edge toward the reefs of the east coast. Within 24 hours, the Huron sank just 200 yards off the coast of Virginia and 98 men lost their lives.
Ryanway’s last recorded words were, “My God, how did we get here?”
Ever look up from your busy life, see the wreck about to happen and ask the same question? I have, many times, and I know you have too.
Ryanway was lost because what he trusted wasn’t true. I was lost because I was distracted. Sometimes, we’re lost in a fog of pain, despair or doubt. Whatever the reason, it’s a very bad thing to be lost. Father God knew that. That’s why He sent Jesus.
“…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to help us find our way.
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:16-18
You see, God hates the idea of you being lost. He will do whatever it takes to find you, but you have to want to be found. Have you fallen off the path and need to be restored? Never been on the right road and want to find the way to your true home? Call out to Him! It’s that easy.
He will lead you and give you direction. It’s the most precious gift anyone has ever been given because it meets your greatest need. We are all in desperate need of a savior!
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. – Matthew 18:14
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