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Consider the Ancient Landmarks

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The Bible and the words of Jesus are the “ancient landmarks” that will keep us from being washed away by social, political, economic, or personal tsunamis.

Guestblog by Dina Ellen:

Shortly after the Tohoku earthquake and ensuing tsunami of March 11, 2011, I read an article about the 600-year-old stone markers that previous generations of Japanese had erected in the hills along the coastline where many past communities had been devastated by tsunamis. The boulders marked how far inland the wave from a previous tsunami had reached and warned residents not to build below that line.

The stone markers were disregarded by modern property developers who built far below the safety line, some right up to the coastline. Seawalls were built to protect the new residential areas, and engineers were confident that they would be able to withstand any tsunami. The seawalls failed, and the only villages that were spared were those inland and uphill of the stone markers.

This sad story reminded me of a verse in the Bible: “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”1

We can apply this lesson to our spiritual life as well. If we want to be safe from the storms of life, we need to base our lives on the rock-solid truths of the Bible and the words of Jesus. These are the “ancient landmarks” that will keep us from being washed away by social, political, economic, or personal tsunamis.

Sometimes obstacles and problems loom large over me and threaten to overwhelm me, like the waves of a tsunami. But God’s Word is always there, always ready to serve as my landmark and show me how I can make progress in spite of the obstacles. All I have to do is gauge the position of my thoughts, attitudes, actions, and decisions by the Word. Then I can bravely face anything that life sends my way.

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God’s Word and our relationship with Him are meant to be constants in our lives. Everything else can change—our circumstances, our health, our family life, our location, our career—but God’s Word never fails to be an enduring presence. It is our spiritual ballast, our anchor, our guide, our moral and spiritual compass, our lifeblood, our joy, our peace, our hope, our vision, and our comfort. As Christians, the Word is core to who we are—our beliefs, our values, and how we conduct ourselves.—Unknown

1 Proverbs 22:28 (KJV)

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