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Walking a straight line

In the Bible, Peter is portrayed as someone who is well-meaning but has many flaws that trip him up from time to time.  One time where he got it right, however, is in his confession of Jesus in Matthew 16 as “The Christ, the Son of God”.  Jesus responded to this by saying,

You are blessed, Peter, because this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven.

This shows that when a believer hears from God, then that is a sign of His blessing, which for believers then begs the question ‘what would our lives be like if we didn’t hear from God regularly?’.  It struck me that without the leading of God’s Spirit in our lives, that we would be like the blind person who didn’t know where they were going.

walking in circles

It has been shown that when a person cannot see the way in front of them and attempts to walk in what they think is a straight line, they actually end up walking in circles without knowing it.

Without any frame of reference or a compass to guide them, they are left to their own senses to try and figure out how to get to where they need to go.

compassFor the believer, God’s word to him: His instruction, correction and encouragement, is like a compass.  It tells you the direction you need to go when you have no way of knowing on your own.  In truth, our own ideas of the best way to take will often lead us astray.

There is a way that appears to be right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14: 12)

The Bible says that God is determining our steps even as we make our own plans (Prov 16: 9).  Jeremiah 10: 23 states that our lives are not even our own and it is not for us to establish our own course.  Abraham had to let God lead him when he left Haran not knowing where he was going.  Noah had to trust in what God was telling him to do when he built the Ark without knowing the full blueprint from day one.

Our lives are always better when God is in the driving seat.  We are made that way.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

(Prov 3: 6)

A life with direction and purpose

Everyone wants a sense of direction and purpose in their lives; a sense that their lives are going somewhere and they are not vaguely drifting through life.  Most people rely on their own knowledge, intelligence and abilities to find their way and achieve their goals in the hope that in the long run they will be able to have the life they are looking for.

However, for the Christian this is not the way to do things. We do not belong to ourselves. Our lives are not our own and God insists on being in the driver’s seat in everything that we do. But even when we want to find the right course for our lives, how can we sure we’re making the right choice?

Today I read a great  set of verses from Ps 25 which really shows how to co-operate with God and find out what HE wants.

He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.

Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose.

The secret of the Lord have they who fear, revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning.

(Taken from Ps 25: 9-14 – Amplified Bible)

This means spending time with God: seeking Him with an attitude of humility and reverence. God wants us to involve Him in every area of our lives and when we fail to have time with Him him regularly, we lose out because we are then trying to run our own lives and God never meant for us to be able to do that successfully. He helps us if we regularly and persistently pursue him, admitting that we are helpless without Him, as we can see from this very familiar verse in Hebrews below.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Any form of pride or self-sufficiency won’t open the door for God to help us – and anyone who has tried to do it on their own will have learned that it is destined to fail! His ways are always right and left to our own devices we’re bound to drift off course. Humility is the key to finding God and the right path for us.

God knows best

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