Saturday 26 June, 2021

1 Timothy 1:18-20

18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

At the beginning of a sea voyage the course is charted on a map, decisions are made upon roughly where the stopovers will occur, ‘dangerous waters’ are also clearly marked so that they can be avoided. Once out on the seas, the clarity of the map is contrasted with the vastness of the ocean. With diligence and skill, the map and the ebbing reality of the voyage can be merged, and although nothing will ever go perfectly to plan, the intention of the voyage can be fulfilled and the critical dangers avoided.

However, bad weather, time pressures, weariness can all cause a captain to forgo their trusty map for a more expedient course of action. A beautiful island may entice a stopover against better judgment. Suddenly the dangerous waters don’t seem so dangerous until the hull crunches against rock and the ship is destined never to sail again, the destination and purpose of the voyage now shattered.

As I follow Jesus, I must not ‘doubt in the dark, what God revealed to me in the light’. The scriptures, words of prophecy, revelations that God has given me at different moments on the voyage I must hold on to when the weather gets bad or I am enticed to make a detour. My brothers and sisters who I do this journey with, are my reminders of the truth, my compasses. I have a destination worth getting to, one that God has promised me if I follow him.

Lord, thank you that you for the promise of life eternal and glorious in your presence, with your people. Keep that destination in my mind and may I walk honestly and truthfully with your people so they may keep me on track. Amen

Written by Andrew Mellor

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