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God knows the way

It is often said by unbelievers that the reason they do not want to become Christians is because they think they are doing ok on their own.  They say they can do a good enough job running their own lives and don’t need God telling them what to do. Even once a person becomes a believer, the temptation to go back to doing things your own way can lead us to trying to make it on our own. It’s amazing how easy this is for us to slip back into our old do-it-yourself ways.

The truth is, that a person who doesn’t have God guiding them is like a ship at sea without any navigation equipment.  The ship is small and the sea is very big if you have nothing to guide you and no points of reference. No sailor would be crazy enough to just sail out in the ocean and just hope he is going in the right direction. He could get miles off course and never know it.

When a ship uses its navigation equipment to get to where it’s going, it doesn’t matter if the captain can’t see the way ahead with his natural eyes. They could be lost in the fog at night, and he would still know where they were and where they were going just as well as he could if he were in broad daylight.

This is what it is like for a believer who gives over the navigation of their lives to God. Even if we don’t know where we are going, if we trust God to lead us, we will never lose our way.

The Bible shows us how to do this.

 Proverbs 16: 19 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)

Each of us needs to come to the point where we acknowledge that we don’t really know what we’re doing and God does.  He sees the end from the beginning and he knows where he is leading us.

God knows the way. Let Him lead you

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Hebrews 13: Confidence in trusting God

I have a personal love for the Amplified Bible for the simple reason that it allows us to look at the word of God as through a microscope. This particular passage is one of those examples where we are able to get more from the text than through some other versions.

I am referring to the section which covers v5 and 6

“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money, including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions, and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm. I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?”

When we read this it is clear that God is trying to impress upon us in no uncertain terms and in a way we can never again doubt that He is in control of our lives and we can entirely and without hesitation trust him with every detail of our lives.

He can and should be in the driver’s seat because we are safe with Him in control. The repetition of “I will not” is unique to the Amplified and impresses upon us the confidence we can have of his care of our lives.

Trust God – it’s the only way to live

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