Discover His heart: He is faithful to give direction to our lives
What is it with men and asking for help with directions when driving? I’m not into man bashing by any means, but I don’t understand their reluctance to ask for help in finding an address, store or whatever. I think it may have something to do with their God-given drive to conquer, defend and provide, but I’m not certain. Fortunately, put an electronic device in the hands of a man, and he’ll ask it to find absolutely everything. A word of praise for the GPS! The Psalmist David, on the other hand, had no trouble asking God for directions – a great paradigm for men and women alike!
@ Psalm 25
“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” (4-5) Astonishing! A man asking for directions – a King nonetheless! In truth, women are often guiltier than men in trying to move forward in their own strength and wisdom without asking for God’s guidance because they are multitaskers, always doing, fixing and nurturing. Most certainly, everyone needs God’s direction every day.
In the next several verses, David shared who may receive God’s directions and how He reveals His direction. The Lord gives directions to “those who go astray…the humble…all who keep His covenant and obey His demands…those who fear the Lord.” And God reveals His direction in different ways, “he shows the proper path…he leads…teaching them His way…with unfailing love and faithfulness.” (8-12)
Sometimes we miss God’s directions because our view of how He reveals His guidance is too limited. Yes, we love the wide open door that only the clueless individual could miss; but most often He reveals our path by leading us one step at a time to our future. The Word of God is God’s instrument, His GPS if you will, to teach us His ways, the non-negotiable path to His promises. Regardless of how God leads, we can rest assured that He will lead with “unfailing love and faithfulness” when we follow Him with a heart of obedience.
When we stand before that fork in the road, when we see no way forward at all or when we cry, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow,” we have this assurance from David, “Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who reverence Him, and with them He shares the secrets of His promises.” (14,TLB) To His friends He will reveal His promises; and the path to His promises that may be hidden from view at times, He will show the way. His guidance is never early, His guidance is never late, and it will always deliver us safely to our destination.
Moving Forward: Based on our friendship, I believe He will direct my path today, and I will trust His faithfulness and His perfect timing.
Tomorrow @ Job 17-18