Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Finding Your Way (Part 2: Straight Forward)
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16 (NKJV)
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.
Psalm 5:8 (NKJV)
Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.
Mark 1:3 (NKJV)
God is a straight talker and a straight walker. Anything that is not straight, clear, and bright is not of God: 'O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?' (Acts 13:10).
'But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day' (Proverbs 4:18).
When you walk through God's doors, go straight. Look for light. The last thing the Great Shepherd wants is for you to get lost. Jesus spends time telling us about lost sheep, lost coins, and lost sons. They are priceless to Him.
Therefore, as God led Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus, He will lead you. However, scripture warns us that enemies will try to stop you:
'Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies' (Psalm 27:11). Why would Satan want you to follow God--much less talk about it? Going into the world with the good news of the gospel invites enemy action.
If the enemy can't have your God-surrendered soul (he can't), then his goal is to stop your witness. The easiest way is to take you off-course. How? 1) Dream haters to keep you home. 2) Discouragements to turn you back. 3) Road blocks to make you stop. 4) Seducers with an easier path. 5) Detours to make you forget your destination.
Your solution? Follow the Leader closely. How? 'You enlarged my path under me; So my feet did not slip' (2 Samuel 22:37, Psalm 18:36). Stay in His Word. Stay in prayer. Stay in fellowship. Stay on course.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Finding Your Way series.