This Is The Way

When I take a step

My gaze often on the road before me

Am I listening?

Listening for God

Awaiting His guidance

Walking in obedience

Instead of my own wisdom

Are my ears hearing a word behind me

Softly

Firmly

Telling me the way

When I take a step?

 

 

 

 

 

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And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

—Isaiah 30:21

 

 

 

 

He Will Guide Me

When I left for work today the sky was overcast and the air was warm, even though it was quite early. 
I had received a weather warning on my cell phone. 

A tornado watch was in effect for my area. 

Of course, that meant that conditions were favourable for the forming of a tornado. 
Honestly, I couldn’t tell that. 

Even though it was cloudy, it looked just like an average rainy day with no apparent dangers. 
But that’s the different between me and the good folks at the National Weather Service. 
I was just looking around with my normal, human eyes at the situation. 
They were looking at a host of various measurements taken from the atmosphere, coupled with sophisticated radar systems. 
They know what’s likely ahead even when I am not perceiving it. 
They don’t keep all that information to themselves, either. 
When there’s a danger approaching, they give a warning. 
After that, it’s up to me to heed their warnings. 
I thought about something earlier today. 
There are situations in life that look just normal to me—
yet, God knows differently. 
I’m looking at things from a human perspective. 
He’s looking at things from His perfect, all knowing perspective. 
Through the reading of His word, through prayer and His word to my heart, I am warned of the dangers and temptations that come over the horizon like stormy, threatening clouds. 
Even so, it’s up to me to heed God’s warnings. 
A gray day could mean much more than a gentle rain….
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God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye. 

—Psalm 32:8

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Instead of Looking

What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

—Isaiah 31:1

When I read this passage of scripture, I think of who I am looking to. 
Although I think that it is certainly good to seek out a doctor when illness strikes or a plumber if a pipe breaks beneath your sink, talking to God about every situation is very important. 
If I am sick, do I put my TRUST in what the doctor can do alone? Or do I pray and ask God to work healing in my condition?
If a pipe breaks under the sink, do I pray and ask God for wisdom in what to do right then and what plumber I should call to help?
God is ready and willing to be the first to hear from you about absolutely every need that arises. 
If we do not consider Him able to help us, but focus instead on the strengths and expertise of other people as our sole means of help, we do ourselves a great disservice. 
God is the only healer. 

God is the only true provider. 
Looking to God first in every situation is always the best decision. 

Well-Watered Garden

The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

–Isaiah 58:11

 

There is a neighborhood that I have passed on the way to a large city that always catches my eye.

I don’t think I could ever just drive by without looking at the entrance, admiring the peaceful calm of the water and the fountain surrounded by beautiful plants.

There’s something about a vibrant garden scene that draws me into it.

A garden must have water to grow and flourish.

Without it, the lush emerald leaves would wither and die.

No colorful blooms would grace a carpet of green grass.

God gives us guidance, strength and hope.

Those who trust in Him are like a well-watered garden.

Others are drawn to them and the peace they exhibit from their hearts.

How would you describe your life today?

Is it a well-watered garden—peaceful, calm and beautiful?

 

 

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He Will Guide Me

God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye. (Psalm 32:8)
I have a new bracelet. 

It’s not very fashionable, but I didn’t purchase it in the interest of fashion. 

A friend was wearing one, and when I asked them about it, their short testimony of its practicality and usefulness made me curios enough to research it. 

After doing so, I decided to get one myself. 

Being a handy little item, it keeps up with quite a bit. 

It records how many steps I have walked in a day.  

It tells me how many times I woke up in the night and for how long.

It records when I am dreaming or in deep sleep with minute by minute accuracy. 

It even records what time I fell asleep and  woke up. 

All of this information is stored and partitioned into charts and graphs for further study and contemplation. 

As nifty as all these features are, my bracelet is lacking. 

It can tell me how many steps I’ve walked in a day, but it cannot instruct me on where I should go. 

It tells me if I have been in deep sleep, but it can’t give me the peace of mind to usher me into restful serenity.  

It can tell me what time I woke up on any given day, but it cannot advise me about how to spend my day. 

A bracelet will never be able to do that. 

Only God can give that kind of guidance. 

I will continue to look to my bracelet for an accurate picture of my fitness needs. More importantly, I will need to look to God for guidance and peace of heart and mind. 

A fitness bracelet can only do so much. 

God can do anything…..

This Is The Way

Far from home and visiting another country, I was finally getting off the night train and walking into the station. There were specific places to go and paths to get into the proper areas of the station.

Although I did not know where I was supposed to go, there were others that did and I followed their direction.

Last night, as I was reading the Bible, a particular verse from the book of Isaiah stood out to me:

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

—Chapter 30, verse 21

We do not really know the best way in any area of our lives apart from the directions given to us by God.

The verse above was concerning the people in Jerusalem, yet I feel that God gives us direction and guidance, telling us the way we should “walk.”

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Go to Your Room

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When you pray,

go to your room

and close the door.

Pray privately to your

Father who is with you.

Your Father sees

what you do in private.

He will reward you.

—-Matthew 6:6

Quiet moments.

Time spent seeking God’s guidance.

Listening with our hearts for our heavenly Father’s words to gently, yet clearly, speak to us.

There is no communication more precious and priceless…

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Let Him Ask God

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Do you remember when you were a child?

You wouldn’t just walk away from your home without telling your family and asking permission.

In fact, you probably wouldn’t have made plans to do anything without talking to your parents first.

Virtually all your childhood plans were subject to the thoughts and guidance of your parents or guardians.

When you became an adult, things changed somewhat.

Being mature, many of your decisions could be made independently.

There was no longer any need to ask your parents about everything.

Still, it was a good thing to seek advice and listen to your parents’ opinions.

Parents are only human and, of course, they may not always know what’s best.

In thinking about this today, I was considering how we, as believers, have God as our Heavenly Father.

Even though we are adults, we are His children.

Unlike our earthly parents, God cannot make a mistake.

His judgment is always right and His guidance is perfect.

Knowing that, why is it that we make plans without asking what He thinks about it?

If we feel that we should seek the advice and opinions of our parents, shouldn’t we also ask the same of our Heavenly Father?

Shouldn’t all our plans be subject to the thoughts and guidance of God?

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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

—James 1:5-6

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On Track

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How much have I trusted God today?

Have I tried to figure out situations on my own without consulting Him?

Did I listen to God’s voice in everything I did today?

Everywhere I went?

Was I really on track, traveling the road He wants me to travel?

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Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.

—Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message

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Those Who Cling

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There is a tree in my front yard that is locally known as a “popcorn tree.”

Each year, the berries on the tree produce white balls that resemble pieces of popcorn.

Right now, the berries are just small brown balls hanging on leafless branches.

The other day, a bird was clinging onto a twig, determined to get to eat a berry.

The tiny branch was bending with its weight, to the point that the bird was upside down.

The bird could’ve chosen not to try for those berries.

Instead, he clung to the twig and got what he was after.

In the last few days, I have been seeking guidance from God about a certain issue.

I know I need God’s wisdom to make decisions concerning this matter.

Proceeding without God’s guidance would not be good.

The writer of Proverbs 3 tells us,

“Wisdom is a tree of life for those who take firm hold of it. Those who cling to it are blessed.”

—Proverbs 3:18

In the days ahead, I know I will need to cling to the wisdom that God grants to me, taking a firm hold.

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