Links Daily Devotional

The View from Above

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV)

Maybe I should live in Kentucky.

Last week, I was able again to spend time in this beautiful part of the country, where the grass is green both on the horse farms and the golf courses. Not only that, but my wife came with me for the first time and the fall leaves were out as we drove through Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland—so the beauty was gladly shared!

You’ll be best served when you let the One who sees all guide you every mile of the way.What I really come for when I come to Kentucky is to visit my friend Tim Philpot and his Links Fellowship in Lexington. Through the years, Tim has hosted Links Players board meetings and Links Fellowship leader gatherings. But week in and week out, he meets with about 20 guys, talking golf and Jesus. It was a pleasure to share that time with them and remember together that the “trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance” is that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst” (1 Timothy 1:15).

Now let’s talk about the lesson that occurred to me during this recent visit.

I have been to Lexington five or six times in the last 10 years, and I realized while depending entirely on my GPS while making my way to Tim’s house this time that I have no idea where I am in that fair town. It’s not that I don’t trust the electronics—they’re the best thing in the world when you’re in unfamiliar territory. But if my phone ever shut down, I’d be a helpless blunderer. Why? Because I have no view from above.

You see, I’m not sure I have ever looked at a true map of Lexington. I do know now that it’s one of those loop towns, which makes it pretty much a complete mystery to a guy like me who lives where nearly everything is laid out in a north-south grid.

The best way to get lost and stay lost in driving or in life is to have no idea where you are in relation to anything else around you.

God, though, has the view from above. Like a lifetime resident or the voice in your GPS, he does know where one thing sits in relation to another. He knows when the traffic is heavy and how to steer around it. He knows when it’s time to pull aside for a rest.

I don’t know where you’re headed today. Maybe you don’t either. But I do know this: You’ll be best served when you let the One who sees all guide you every mile of the way.

Jeff Hopper
October 27, 2015
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