God created us to follow Him - not to forsake Him. He desires that we triumph over temptation - not struggle with guilt for surrendering to sin. He wants us to walk with Him and not stray from Him because of our self-centeredness. He waits to help us achieve the potential He has given us and not be satisfied with less than what is possible. He is willing and able to share His wisdom and give His insights whenever we need to make any decision - if only we ask Him.
There are many wrong ways but only one “best” way - His way. And no one but God can reveal that way, His way, to us. We may search one way and then another, try this route, or another until it comes to a dead end. However, only when we allow God to lead us will we be in the center of His will for us.
Israel’s experience during the Exodus gives us a great example of God’s guidance and guardianship.
The Psalmist gives us a vivid picture of what can happen when people “try to make it on their own” and do not follow God: “Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. Some were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.” How sad. How true. Without God’s guidance, we are all wanderers, ebbing away!
“Then they – the Israelites - cried out to the Lord!” And listen to what happened. “He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.”
No one will ever find a “straightway” to a “safe place” in life unless they surrender their life to God and follow Him. Life without God is a “wasteland,” and unless we accept His salvation, our lives, like theirs, will “ebb away” unless we follow God.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for guiding us to a safe place – You! Please save us from ourselves and our sins, and then lead us safely throughout our lives into Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Psalm 107:7
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