What Is An Azimuth?

He stood before my desk with a set of orders and said, “FTC Nichols reporting for duty, Sir.” Not hearing his designator very clearly I asked, “What do you do for the Navy, Chief?”

“Sir,” he said crisply, “I recently completed a tour of duty on a guided missile frigate. I was the one who was responsible for making certain that the azimuth on each weapon system was operational and accurate, Sir.” He certainly had my attention and spoke convincingly. There was no doubt in my mind that he was competent to do his job and that all weapon systems under his control would deliver their missiles to the intended target at the precise moment. There is a great lesson for Christians in “azimuth.”

God wants to place His “azimuth” in our hearts. Consider what David wrote, “My heart is steadfast O God; My heart is steadfast.” So committed was he to the Lord that he emphasized the word “steadfast” by stating it twice. But there is something more.

The word “steadfast” can also be interpreted, even more correctly in this verse, as “confident!” Here we see David finding inner satisfaction in God after following many ill-fated paths in his life. So, it took time for God to do His work. Eventually, his faith grew and resulted in an inner transformation that rearranged his life and priorities. This transformation became visible to others by the way he worshiped, worked, and served God.

When we completely commit our lives to God, He will give us His guidance system to control the destiny of our lives as we seek His will. His Word will become our “azimuth.”

Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for Your Word that can be a lamp for our feet and a light for our path to guide us in paths of righteousness. May we willingly follow Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Psalm 57:7 

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