ONWARDS AND UPWARDS
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
The quest of every Christian is to be used by God to the fullest. There is one hope that lies within each and every one of us: that when the time comes when we reach the gates of heaven, God says, “Well done good and faithful servant!” The problem of all of this, however, it is not as if there is a giant beacon that points to what He wants for us to do. A lot of us tend to flounder along the way. Whatever are we to do? For those of us who aren’t too sure, F.B Meyer recounts of an experience that helped him understand how to see what God wanted him to do.
One night as the famous Bible teacher F. B. Meyer stood on the deck of a ship approaching land, he wondered how the crew knew when and how to safely steer to the dock. It was a stormy night, and visibility was low. Meyer, standing on the bridge and peering through the window, asked “Captain, how do you know when to turn this ship into that narrow harbor?”
“That’s an art,” replied the captain. “Do you see those three red lights on the shore? When they’re all in a straight line I go right in!”
Later Meyer said: When we want to know God’s will, there are three things which always occur: the inward impulse, the Word of God, and the trend of circumstances.… Never act until these three things agree.
Morgan, R. J. (2000). Nelson’s complete book of stories, illustrations, and quotes (electronic ed.) (369). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.