Finding our Way
- Sarah Upham // October 13, 2009
21 “This is the way; walk in it.” —Isaiah 30:21
For those of us who are directionally challenged, such as myself, sometimes we need a plain sign or a good knock over the head to get back on track, or a GPS will do just fine. Just as easy as it is to get turned around or lost on the roads of this world, so too do we need direction in our lives to stay on track and focused on Christ, to follow the right path when so many are in our way. Just as God clearly tells the people of Israel in this verse that He is the way; today His Word leads us to Him.
We have God’s promise: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). But, this doesn’t mean turn-by-turn directions like that of a GPS. You cannot pinpoint an address and expect to find Him there. God knows our hearts; so, if we’re listening to His Word with an open heart and mind, then we will have clear guidance. Like any other relationship, it takes work.
We are pointed in the right direction by the instruction we gain from God’s Word. It’s up to us to try and find our way and grow in faith, to grow closer to Christ.
The bible was given to us so that we can be transformed, for our hearts to be changed. It is not only for reading, but for pondering over, praying over, and believing its teachings. God speaks to us through His Word. In order for us to know which path to take, we must go to His Word and listen with our hearts, pray and obey, and allow that transformation to take place within us.
We can trust that His Word will guide us through that narrow gate leading to life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.”
The scriptures are full of living power and truth. Although we are fully capable of veering off the right path from time to time, the love and grace of God will lead us back to the Word, which has been imprinted upon our hearts.
Praise: That the Lord shows us the way to life through His inspired Word. Thank you, Lord, for inscribing your Word into our hearts and, therefore, making us more like your Son, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, though we sometimes stumble and veer off the path of righteousness as we go along in our journey with You, help us to keep our hearts open and our sights fixed upon You.
Prayer for Today: Lord, we thank You for the grace and mercy that You give us, even when we do not deserve to be redeemed. We thank You for Your inspired Word. May more people in this world also hear and know Your truth and look to You when they are lost. May You, Lord, imprint Your love and mercy in their lives as they grow in faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.