At the end of the year 2000 starting around about October I was working on a church planting project in Francistown, Botswana Africa. That led me to making a lot of trips into Francistown through the National Park from Victoria Fall town in Zimbabwe to Kasani and Francistown in Botswana to try to help support the new church plant.
On a few occasions as I drove through the Park I met Buffaloes and a pride of Lions on separate occasions. These animals are usually visible in that area because of the river Zambezi that flows through that region. In October the weather in that area is always very hot and water levels in water holes along the river Zambezi get much lower and that is when competition for the water holes between Lions, Buffaloes and other animals goes to highest levels.
When Buffaloes descend towards the river at that time of the year they are usually challenged by lions and that situation leads to a stalemate. In such cases one of the bulls usaully gathers up courage to face the lions. This bull leads the rest of other Buffaloes past the lions to the water holes and that bull is called the pathfinder. The pathfinder makes a statement by its action which is really a claim on the water holes too.
A long time ago in Israel, David was a pathfinder at the time when Goliath challenged the host of Israel to a fight by using tactics of intimidation. During that time David was a young man, but he became a pathfinder when he got into a fight with Goliath and defeated him. The whole nation had the victory because of David who was the pathfinder.
How did David do it? In 1 Samuel 17:40 the Bible says, “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine” (KJV). David prepared himself and gathered up some courage. No one can be a pathfinder without much preparation and courage to face the enemy. David draw near to that Philistine champion by the name of Goliath to fight and defeat him so that dignity could be restored to the whole nation. David did it, we can do it.
Today, Jesus is our pathfinder. We are told that all of us on earth have sinned. Since the wages of sin is death it means we deserve to die. Without a pathfinder it means we can be lost forever without hope. What happened in the spirit world? In Revelation 5: 2-3 the Bible says, “And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon” (KJV). It was sad that no one could become a pathfinder. Not even the strong Angel that the Bible mentions could become the pathfinder. John saw this in the spirit and began to weep. This meant that there was no hope for the human condition.
However, in Revelation 5: 5 the Bible says, “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (KJV). The lion of the tribe of Judah in this Scripture refers to Jesus Christ who is the root of David. He is the one who has done the impossible. He has made a way for our redemption through the cross. No one on earth or heaven could do this except him. He is the pathfinder.
This year be a pathfinder for your wife, family, community or country. There are tough issues that we will all be confronting, but if we gather up some courage and face our issues we will win bigger battles for ourselves and all those conected to us. We all need to be pathfinders in every circumstance that poses a challenge for us. You may be working in the polical arena facing tough social issues, just stand for what is right and be a pathfinder. Do it for your family, nation or the whole human race. Remember to do it as unto the Lord and the Lord himself will reward you.