Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Finding Your Way (Part 1: The Start)
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Psalm 25:4 (NKJV)
King David's path was confusing even to him. After the teen shepherd was pulled from the field and anointed king, his way was long, hard, and fraught with peril. Defeating Goliath set David up for years of warfare. Winning victories in the field brought losses at home.
King Saul grew jealous of David's popularity, so he tried to kill him. David was betrayed by his king, family, and friends. Yet he never betrayed them back. Instead, God's hero went into years of hiding. But it was also a time of prayer and preparation. David would turn 30 before assuming the throne of his destiny.
The psalms reveal David's heartache; he grieved in fear but believed in faith. To David, finding his way meant following God. We need the same guidance system. So how do we find our way?
Walk through the doors God opens for you. 'For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries' (1 Corinthians 16:9). A door opens a new path. For David, it was a summons to King Saul's court. For Joseph, it was a kidnapping to Egypt. For Jesus, it was a cry for help. For His disciples, it was an invitation: 'Come, follow Me' (Luke 18:22).
Your door may be an invitation or an order. After you walk through it, expect more doors at unexpected intervals. God always gives us choices.
How do you recognize the right doors? God puts a directional beacon in every heart. Consider it a tracking device to your destination. As you get closer, your heart beats louder. It points to a series of divine appointments that join your talents to God's track.
What if you hit what seems like a delay? Like David's time in hiding, Joseph's term in prison, or Jesus' years in carpentry? Remember this: when you're waiting, God isn't. He's preparing you and clearing your path. So be patient. Keep working where you are, but look for the next door.
What if you refused the door or took a detour? Repent. 'Bring me back that I may be restored, for You are the Lord my God' (Jeremiah 31:18). Ask God to reposition you and reopen the door. 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you' (Matthew 7:7).
We serve a merciful and forgiving God. Finding your way is really about finding His way.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Finding Your Way series.