We can lose our footing on the path. We have a certain a goal in our life, we are moving toward the goal but we get distracted. We can still have the goal in mind but our direction toward the goal can become confusing. God will guide us with a way to achieve our goal but we devise what we believe is a better plan. But the plan is not better when the plan takes us away from where God wanted us to be.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
God will make known the path we are to go but we must be listening to Him. God knows we get confused. God wants us to stay focused on Him so we will not be deceived.
Proverbs 4:10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.
We can often miss the message because we rush to the promise. God tells us to “Listen”, God is always talking to us but He speaks in a still small voice. God will not shout over the crowd, the crowd is always calling to us loudly. To hear God we must be purposeful. We must be intentional about wanting to hear God’s voice. If we are wanting to listen to the crowd we have our free will and can do what we want. We can always do what we want but this desire to follow the crowd will not bring us to the hopes and promises we have with God.
Proverbs 4:11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
We all want to be wise. We all know we should go along the straight path. We can find ourselves off the path, this can be because we are treasuring the wrong things. When we are treasuring a relationship with God we will have our goal for a lifetime and eternity.
Proverbs 4:20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
God is always calling to us, wanting us to turn our ears to His words. We are to hold the Words of God so closely they are within our heart. These Words will bring us life and health.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
When we find ourselves on the wrong path we need to check our heart. Other things have invaded our heart, perhaps captured our heart. There is only on way to free our heart, we must seek God with our whole heart. When we seek God with only a portion of our heart the thoughts and actions that held us captive may lie dormant but they will awaken and actively work to destroy our relationship with God.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.
We must be purposeful about having a relationship with God. This involves spending quality time with God, a time where you sit with your heart and your Holy Bible open seeking God. God does not want our devotional time to be on a list of to do items. God wants us to seek Him and fellowship with Him to build a relationship.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
When we are walking in darkness we can often use a flashlight to illuminate the path we are to walk on. When we walk on this earth we are walking in darkness, we live in a fallen world. In this verse God’s Word will reveal to us the darkness we are walking in, revealing hidden dangers we were unaware of on our path. Our walk in life will draw us closer to God or take us away from God.
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
We will not lose our footings as we walk humbly with God, we will have joy.
Written and Posted by Joyce E Poggensee
Verses referenced: Psalm 16:11, Proverbs 4:10-11, Proverbs 4:20, Proverbs 4:23, Jeremiah 29:12-14, Psalm 119:105, Micah 6:8, Acts 2:28