“Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts” (Psalm 119:109-110).
In June of 1993 Helena and I finished our work in Cadillac Michigan. We rented a U-Haul truck, filled it with our material possession, belted in the car cradling our infant son, hitched our car to a tow-trailer and headed west to Burdett, Alberta.
We enjoyed the trip through various US states and once south of Burdett we headed north. Everything was going well until the pavement turned into gravel. We got out the map to see if we had made a mistake. But everything seemed right. We kept going.
Soon, the road began to snake its way through the countryside rather than head straight north. Then the gravel turned into plain dirt. The hilly terrain meant heavy rains had washed away plenty of the dirt, leaving deep ruts in the road. Again we checked the map, but we seemed to be following it.
Then we met the cattle grates: a series of about twenty heavy bars spaced about three inches apart serving as a bridge for us and a devise the farmers use to keep cattle from going that way. Looking around us it appeared that we had made our way right into the middle of a cattle ranch.
And yet it appeared that the map was leading us that way. We were not at all confident but it seemed that the best thing to do was just to keep right on going. That’s what we did; and low and behold, we got to the border.
What the map did for us is what the law of God did for the psalmist of Israel and what the Bible does for Christians today. It is a guide through life. Life is full of strange twists and turns and includes plenty of difficult decisions.
For the Jesus follower the Bible is like a map that guides us on our way. But it does not always lead us through easy terrain. There are times when it is difficult to believe that the map is right. The psalmist says, “Though I constantly take my life in my hands. I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.”
His life was in danger because he lived by that law. But he believed that it is better to live in danger than to give up on that Word of God. It’s a matter of trust. We either trust in the scriptures or we don’t.
Mind you, comparing the Bible to a road map has its limitations. Its fair to say a map is easier to read and understand. The Bible is no step-by-step guide. Its material that must be absorbed and meditated on. Christians need to reflect on it together. As such, it is our most basic aid in following Jesus. The path may be difficult but we will not be lead astray.
Your Friend & God’s Friend,
MEMORY VERSE Psalm 119:109-110
DAILY READINGS Psalm 119:105-120