The journey of life takes us through many types of dangerous terrain and unexpected seasons. Often times these changes feel overwhelming and disorienting resulting in an anxious search for direction. As Christians, God reminds us that His grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:9). We are reminded that navigation by sight is not sufficient. Instead, we must navigate by grace.
Navigation by Grace is a short devotional reflecting on the journey of life lead by the precepts and promises of God found in the Bible. Navigation by Grace focuses on living in the reality of God’s underserved, transformative, favor found in Christ.
How are your navigation skills?
Psalm 38:9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. by: Brian Bethke As a Marine I always looked forward to attending the Marine Corps Ball. Erica would wear a beautiful dress and I would wear my dress blue uniform. I must say we looked pretty good! […]
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. by: Brian Bethke Over the years I have had the opportunity to serve and work with some tough men. As a member of a Force Reconnaissance Platoon and Marine Special Operations Company I have had the opportunity to witness some amazing feats […]
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! by: Brian Bethke For most of us Thanksgiving is the time of year when we gather with those close to us and reflect on that we are most thankful for. However, over the years Thanksgiving has […]
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. by: Brian Bethke Walking an unknown trail can be disconcerting. Last year, Erica and I climbed Mt. San Antonio in California. The over 10,000-foot summit was our goal. Neither of us had ever climbed Mt. San Antonio. To prepare […]
Isaiah 55:8–9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. by: Brian Bethke During Marine Combatant Divers School in Panama City, Florida my […]
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. by: Brian Bethke As we entered the Forward Operating Base (FOB) we knew that our actions would elicit a response. Hours earlier […]
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. by: Brian Bethke Teaching a child how to swim is quite an event, and in […]
Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. by: Brian Bethke Our sniper teams were hidden, dispersed, […]
Joshua 23:8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now. by: Brian Bethke One of the skills that I learned as a young Marine was how to do basic mountaineering. One of the things that you must master in basic mountaineering is your fear of heights […]