Acts 27: 28 “They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep.”
The Amplified Bible helps us in understanding what is going on here. A weighted line is thrown down and probably with grease at the end it picks up the debris off the bottom of the seabed and the sailors then can measure the depth, an indicator of how far they are away from the land and in their case the danger of the rocks.
Psalm 119:59 “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes”.
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”
Throughout the Bible we have verses like the ones above, telling us to take soundings of our life.
In a storm it is essential to do so. When you are being pushed around, when things are just not ‘normal’ for you then you are in danger of not only drifting but being shipwrecked. Today are you where you should be? The fact that you are at least reading a devotional blog suggests that you do have a measure of spiritual depth.
You can easily download these days from the internet a list of questions that will help you ascertain the depth of your spirituality. The problem with some of these questions leads to ‘if I do a, b and c then I will be fine’ which often doesn’t help because it can lead to good works.
A friend or a loved one is usually the better way to test your depth. Being held accountable is so important. There is a lot of talk about accountability but not much is practiced. When a friend says to the other “I am seeing a rising anger in your life, let us talk about that” then it takes humility, wisdom and a desire to be all you can be to respond favourably. Not many do, they kick against the comment and take it as mere criticism. Many shipwrecks could have been avoided if accountability was operating.
Luke wrote, “They took soundings …” and perhaps a true measure of where a person is at can never be found alone, everyone needs someone to help measure the depth of their life.