This sad story reminded me of a verse in the Bible: “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”1
We can apply this lesson to our spiritual life as well. If we want to be safe from the storms of life, we need to base our lives on the rock-solid truths of the Bible and the words of Jesus. These are the “ancient landmarks” that will keep us from being washed away by social, political, economic, or personal tsunamis.
Sometimes obstacles and problems loom large over me and threaten to overwhelm me, like the waves of a tsunami. But God’s Word is always there, always ready to serve as my landmark and show me how I can make progress in spite of the obstacles. All I have to do is gauge the position of my thoughts, attitudes, actions, and decisions by the Word. Then I can bravely face anything that life sends my way.
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God’s Word and our relationship with Him are meant to be constants in our lives. Everything else can change—our circumstances, our health, our family life, our location, our career—but God’s Word never fails to be an enduring presence. It is our spiritual ballast, our anchor, our guide, our moral and spiritual compass, our lifeblood, our joy, our peace, our hope, our vision, and our comfort. As Christians, the Word is core to who we are—our beliefs, our values, and how we conduct ourselves.—Maria Fontaine
1. Proverbs 22:28