In life, we travel across many paths. Sometimes we know where they lead, at other times we do not. It might seem like we are blindly wandering about out in the wilderness; the way to go is very unclear to us. What can we do? Before we get into what we can do, let’s look at the picture that is featured today. It illustrates a wilderness, with a pathway in the midst, with a glimmer of light to guide the way.
God tells us in His word what we should do. He tells us to trust Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NKJV)
We might have an idea about where we want to go, but we don’t know how to get there. Many obstacles may be in our path preventing us, or perhaps; God has other plans. We always need to pray for God’s will, not our own, and let Him direct our path.We must rid ourselves of our personal thoughts and desires and trust Him, with all our heart, to lead us down the correct path, even if that path is not clear. That’s where trust comes in.
Let’s compare this to a GPS. One way we use the GPS is to have it on, just to make sure, but we already know where we are going. Sometimes it might tell us to go a different way than we already know. Then we can choose which way we want to go, but we know we will get there. You are thankful for the help, but still in control.
Another way to use the GPS is when you have no idea where you are going at all. You are totally dependent on the directions being given to you on the device. Take the next exit, turn left, then right, etc., etc. It seems like you are going in circles, you have no clue, but then you hear, take the next left; your destination is on the right. You have arrived. You are relieved and thankful to make your destination, without getting lost. However, for a short period of time, you were not in control; you had to trust and rely completely on the directions you were being given. This can be stressful.
Now, let’s put this into a spiritual perspective. We really are not in control; although we like to think that we are. We must depend on God’s word and Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. God wants us to trust Him totally, in all things. This should not cause us stress, but should give us great peace and comfort. In life, our path may seem difficult or unclear, but when we trust God to lead us, we can be sure that we will be guided divinely. We must put our trust in Him. Oh Lord, help us not to lean on our own understanding. May we acknowledge you in all our ways. Please direct our paths. God’s GPS is always best!