Point of Reference

I use a wireless mouse.  Today I sat down at my computer, turned it on, and grabbed the mouse.  When I moved the mouse left, the pointer moved right!  I moved the mouse right, and the pointer moved left!  What???  (I hadn’t had my coffee yet.)

Somehow moving stuff around while dusting, I had managed to turn the mouse around.

With a “wired” mouse, there’s an automatic “point of reference”– the wire.  It’s always pointing toward the computer.  If you get it turned around, it’s obvious.  There are other features that indicate the proper position– the mouse wheel, the buttons– but for me this morning, they were not (yet) so obvious.  It made me feel pretty silly!

I started thinking:  What do we use for our “Point of Reference” in our life?  A number of things come to mind– our spouse, our children, our work, our home.  What is it that guides us back when we lose our way, when we get caught up in making a living, raising kids, getting that promotion, or buying a new car or bigger house?

Maybe we’re sick.  Disabled.  Maybe we lost our job, our spouse, a child, our home.  Where does our point of reference stand in the difficult times?  Life-altering events can change our point of reference.

There’s a phrase I use: “STAND STRONG AND BE OF GOOD COURAGE.”  The Book of Joshua begins the record of the nation of Israel moving into the Promised Land.  Moses had led the Israelites through the wilderness 40 years, and died.  Now it’s up to Joshua to lead them in.

Chapter 1, verse 3, God speaks to Joshua:  “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

A life-changing event had occurred:  Moses, the great leader of the nation, the one who led them out of the bondage of Egypt, had died.   Joshua’s entire life had been in serving Moses.  Now Moses was gone.

But Joshua’s Point of Reference did not change:  He reminded the people what God had done for them, and where they were.

[God said] “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye did not build, and ye dwell in them; and ye eat of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye did not plant.
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.”
Jos 24:13-14

 Then Joshua said:

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Jos 24:15

Joshua’s point of reference had not changed.  God had not changed, nor will He ever change.

I see one more lesson in this passage, especially for young people:  Verse 13 says ” I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye did not build, and ye dwell in them; and ye eat of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye did not plant.

Young people growing up in America today have been given the blessing of Freedom and a land which they can inherit and live in and preserve for their own children, IF they do not lose the Point of Reference that never changes.

Choose you this day……

 

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