PASTOR'S PEN: Follow the blinking light
“I’m turned around,” my fishing partner stated as we were about to take the boat back to the dock. The Manistique Lake isn’t the biggest lake in Michigan, but if you don’t know where you’re located and it’s dark outside everything can look the same.
“All I know is there’s a blinky light at the dock,” I said. We scanned the shoreline as we motored through the dark waters. “Would we have to go all the way around the lake to find the cabin?” I thought.
But then we noticed something in the distance — a blinking light. “Yes! We will make it back.” But my friend in the boat wasn’t so sure. He didn’t think it looked right, but, seriously, how many blinking lights could there possibly be?
We got a little closer to the light and noticed the landscape didn’t look quite right. This light was by someone’s house. It was the wrong light.
Then I remembered something. I had given a compass to our teens last year, having an extra one for myself. It was in my tackle box. I pulled it out and we used a flashlight to determine the direction we needed to go. My fishing partner looked at the compass and stated, “We’re on the wrong shore.” Soon after, we were headed in the right direction, bringing us to another blinking light almost directly across from the one that had fooled us.
In Matthew 7:15 Jesus makes this statement, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” There are many in the world who claim to know Christ and to provide the truth of His Word, but be careful. Not all give the truth, but God’s Word provides direction. Look to the Word for yourself, like the Bereans who "received the message with great eagerness and examine the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (Acts 17:11)
There are many “blinking lights” claiming to show us where we should go, but there is only one light who provides “the light of life” (John 8:12). Be certain you are following Him.