Articles by Stan Dean

Global Positioning System

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My dad left this earth about 39 years ago. But I still think about him quite often, especially when I cross over the river or a near-by creek. He probably loved fishing as much as anyone I have ever known. That old adage that “He had rather fish than eat,” was more truth than exaggeration in his case. And those that knew him would also agree that he was good at it.

He knew what all good anglers know that using the right tackle and proper technique is only part of being successful at fishing. Equally important for filling the live well is also knowing where to fish. My dad had fished the river and creeks in this area most of his life and had learned where fish usually hung out at any given time of the year. He also had a gift for being able to mark and remember countless fishing holes by lining up various trees, rocks and towers from the shore.
After all these years, though, most of those fishing holes cannot be located by the same means because many of those trees, rocks and the like are no longer there. But now most fishermen have a better way of finding and marking fishing spots with a Global Positioning System (or simply called a GPS). A GPS is sophisticated enough that it does not rely on temporary landmarks to determine its accuracy.

As I ponder these things it occurs to me that God has provided a kind of GPS for mankind by means of the Bible. It is sophisticated, accurate and is not affected by change over time. By its own claim: “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

My dad was good with his methods, but he was not always 100%. Sometimes his ways failed. In truth, man’s ways in anything are never fail proof. The ancient prophet penned, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

On the other hand, God’s ways are always good and right. The wise Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Rely on God’s GPS! It never needs updating and it will never become obsolete!

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