“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” (PRO 3:5-6).
“… But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto a perfect day” (PRO 4:18).
“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” (PRO 4:26-27).
God has a path for all of us to take in this life!
Your path is not my path, nor is my path yours. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know that God normally shows us His path or purpose, not suddenly, but incrementally – one day at a time! As one author noted:
“When we look closely at the examples in Scripture, it’s surprising how seldom those who were guided by God actually received any insight into the future at all. There were exceptions; these always involved supernatural revelation, and there seem to be clear reasons why these exceptions occurred. … But in the great majority of instances in Scripture, God’s guidance was experienced only incrementally, in the step-by-step, light-unto-one’s-path fashion we’ve been suggesting is normative. While examples of this sort of guidance permeate both the Old and New Testaments, one of the most interesting and instructive comes from Paul’s experience in Acts 16:6-40.”
If we are going to find and follow God’s path for our life, we are going to have to trust in the Lord with all our heart, not leaning on our own feeble and failing understanding, which at times is difficult for even the best of us. We are also going to have to acknowledge Him and His lordship in all our ways and days. And then, and only then, will He direct our paths!
“When our heart is right before God, he takes an uncanny initiative to guide us within his will, even where our understanding is lacking.” – Blaine Smith
By the way, it is good to keep in mind that there are those who want us to take the path to the “Right,” and there are others who want us to take the path to the “Left.” Yet, we must resist the temptation to do so.
UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE THERE MAY BE SOME GOOD FOUND ON THE “RIGHT” AND THE “LEFT,” THERE IS ALSO “EVIL” TO BE FOUND ON BOTH PATHS BECAUSE THEY ARE MAN’S PATHS, NOT GOD’S PATHS. THEREFORE, GOD WANTS US TO STAY ON HIS PATH!
O Lord, help us to remember that there are many paths we can take on this side of eternity – some good, others bad – yet, if we will trust You, lean not on our own feeble understanding, and acknowledge You in all of our ways, You will direct us down the path You desire for us to take!