THE CAPTAIN--If you were to define the word "captain," you would find its meaning very interesting. The word could mean chief, or leader of a group or organization, one in command of a troop or company, the leader of a team (sports), or a master of a ship. The last meaning is the one I choose to use at this time. For every vessel using the ocean for its road, there must be someone in charge--someone responsible to keep the vessel on course--someone knowledgeable to avoid the dangers--someone of experience. That someone is called THE CAPTAIN. It is thrilling to walk into the pilothouse of a vessel and look at the man who holds the wheel or helm, many times weatherworn with the storms of time seen on his brow. His mere countenance demands respect. What an honor to sit and listen to stories of experiences that relate to the high seas! What a man--THE CAPTAIN! Many times he is the owner of the ship, with a special handpicked crew. On his vessel every need is supplied. He takes good care of those who work to see the vessel sail smoothly. His orders are obeyed and respected because he has earned his position. What a man of the

sea, the one called THE CAPTAIN!

A policy of all U.S. aircraft carriers is that whenever planes are taking off or landing (a dangerous operation on a carrier), the captain watches from the bridge, no matter the hour. It is comforting to all the pilots to know that their captain is watching and cares for them.

Friend, God is watching you. Proverbs 15:3 says, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." That could be comforting or disturbing, depending on your actions. Have you ever felt your ship was sinking? Have you ever considered getting aboard God's ship of grace? Now I know why the Bible called Jesus "the captain of our salvation"(Hebrews 2:10). There are two courses before all men. One leads to heaven, the other leads to hell. Jesus is the only one who can bring you to the port of peace and safety in heaven.

67When I was a small boy, I would watch my earthly father steer his boat in times 6of storm into safe harbor. Never did I doubt his ability or knowledge. I trusted him completely. I am also glad to have a heavenly Father, the One who has sailed every sea successfully, even the sea of death, with never a loss. I bring you to the Captain who says to you, "...I am the way, the truth

and the life: no man cometh unto the Father

(in Heaven) but by me" (John 14:6). Will you trust Him as your Captain?


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