I’ll follow Your voice straight into the dark
And if from the course You intend I depart
Speak to the sails of my wandering heart
And I’ll glide this open sea
Like the stars
Will align my voyage
And remind me where I’ve been
And where I am going
Your truth is the compass
That points me back north
Jesus, my captain
My soul’s trusted Lord
All my allegiance is rightfully Yours
Words and Music by Benjamin Hastings & Seth Simmons,
The compass was invented more than 2,000 years ago.
A compass is an instrument containing a magnetized pointer which shows the direction of magnetic north and bearings from it. The north end is drawn to align with earth’s magnetic North Pole.
The compass points in four directions; North, South, East and West, harkening back to sailors and ships traversing the stormy seas on their way home from a long journey.
The compass holds meaning for a traveller, being a symbol for guidance, the ability to point you in the right direction.
If your on a trek through the woods and you started at the south gate, but along the way you got yourself turned around, your compass will tell you where north is and thus where south is and you should find your way back to the south gate where you started.
There was also another compass given to us over 2,000 years ago and His name is
He is our north star, our magnetic alignment to God the Father
Think of the compass above, as our world. All around us, every day, in every direction we turn, we have diversions – something that takes us away from our course. We have detours – something that takes us a long way around to getting where we need to be. In some cases it will get us back on track and sometimes it will just get us lost. We have temptation – a desire that causes us to do something wrong or unwise. We have sin – something that is morally wrong and definitely against God’s wishes for us.
Now when we set our compass to the True North, our Guiding Light, Jesus himself said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”, right away we have a light to guide our path to where we are going.
Another meaning of compass is “to have a compass” meaning to contrive to accomplish something. Jesus’ compass was focused on His duty for us. He died for us, He bought our sins with His blood. He rose from the dead that we too might live in eternity.
For me, this gives me a compass, to strive to be like Jesus, to be kinder, more understanding, to tell others of His unending love for them. To take my troubles to Him and leave them with Him and carry on as He would have me do, knowing that He is in control.
A compass is like looking at a cross. It’s up and down and across. The most important part is the up and down. Picture me kneeling at the bottom of the cross, I’m looking up to where Jesus is at the top. My true direction. Then the across part is where I am now, in telling all who come to my site about God’s love for them. It spreads out like open arms.
Our bibles can be said to be a compass too, Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s Word provides direction and guidance to keep us on this very narrow path, which leads us to Jesus and thus to our heavenly Father. God did not intend you to stumble along life’s way.
As we try to find our way through life’s journeys, we all can use a little help, so God has given us a spiritual compass to guide us. That guide is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
When we look at all the parts of “our compass”, we can see them all come together to keep us in alignment to that heavenly direction.
The Holy Spirit
If you don’t have a compass try Jesus out, the prayer below can get you started…and then keep looking up!