By Lynn Wallace
Helm of Our Ship
By Lynn Wallace
God uses the analogy of a ship in chapter one. In verse five He says, “A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” The English words “wise counsels” are translated from the Hebrew word tachbulah. The Hebrews used this term to refer to steering a ship. This word comes from chebel, a rope. This rope guided the ship. God wants to give you wise counsels in the way you conduct your lifeship.
Be a wise sailor and guide your ship by “wise counsels.” A God-fearing woman embarks on her vessel towards Heaven’s portals. Jesus Christ desires to be your Captain and impart wisdom to you in the way you conduct your ship.
Then you will keep on course and steer away from erroneous paths. Shun the advice of pirates. Their ships run into the coral reefs. The Captain says, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exo. 23:2). When the pirates seek to enmesh you in their nets, say, “No, I belong to Jesus, and I cannot do that.”
Staying on Course
One mother told the school principal where her daughter, CJ, and a friend went when they played hooky. CJ wanted her mother to write a note saying they stayed home sick. The mother, a sailor for Jesus, refused to do so. She thought, Now I’ve made them my enemies. I’ll never be able to speak to them about Jesus.
Later, the countenance of CJ’s friend changed after she received Christ as her Saviour. On another occasion, her mother listened when CJ’s mother testified to her of Jesus. Beware! A lie reaps its harvest, not peace. Honesty does pay.
This sailor pleased God by telling the truth and trusting in Him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). Telling about the girls when they played hooky seemed to be a way to make enemies. Because the mother told the truth, the way opened for her to witness. God promises in Proverbs 16:7 that when you please the Lord He will make even your enemies to be at peace with you. In this case this mother had peace with her enemies because she guided her ship aright.
Outwardly, the winds of adversity may rage. Trust the LORD in the tempest and He will help you remain unruffled. God will cause even your enemies to make peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov. 16:7).
Follow godly counsel from your logbook, the Bible. Avoid the crags of envy, pride, harsh judgment, ill temper, and bad words. With the Captain’s help you can steer your lifeship in the right direction, and avoid shipwreck.
Names have been changed for protection. All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version. This blog is based on Lynn’s book: Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, chapter one. The Study Guide for our Lifeship on PDF is available. Find out how on http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.