2 Timothy 3:16-17
¹⁶All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; ¹⁷so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
A light house looks like a tall pillar rising out of the sea, or built upon some high bluff. In the top is a large lantern, where a bright light is kept burning all night, which can be seen far out at sea.
Each lighthouse has its own message to the sailor
▪︎ One lighthouse shouts out: “Take care! take care! Stay away from this location!”
▪︎ An other tells the sailor: “Come here, come to the safety of the harbor!”
▪︎ One is built on a ledge of rocks; its warning light says, “Give wide berth to these sunken rocks.”
▪︎ Another says, “Steer clear of this dangerous reef.”
▪︎ Another, “Keep clear of this dangerous headland. If you come here, you are lost.”
There are a great many lighthouses on the coast.
How does a sailor know which is which?
He sees a light gleaming through the darkness and the storm; but where is it?
He has a chart in the ship, and that tells him exactly what he needs to know.
A chart is a map of the coast, with all its rocks and sandbanks and lighthouses put down, and everything that a sailor ought to know in order to steer his ship safely across the ocean. If he faithfully consults it, and keeps a good look out, he is likely to ride out the storm and come safely into port.
Likewise if we faithfully consult the Bible, and keep a good look out for the Lord, we too will overcome the storms in our life, and in the end come safely into His Kingdom.
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