Plain Path Christians

Psalm 27:11… “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies” (KJV). “Lead me in a plain path”… I wonder if the Lord led him in the path that he asked for himself? Was David saying, “Lord, make my path easy today. Please Lord, no ups and downs today. No curves and no blockages”? This kind of path requires no faith or trust or prayer; everything is visible. Most Christians want this.

The Lord doesn’t always give us plain paths. There are times when we are on the move. We are desperate for guidance because we haven’t the foggiest idea of where we are going. Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:9, “He has blocked my ways with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked” (ESV). Would God do that? Yes, if the path we are on is our path and not the path the Lord has designed for us. Because our path is blocked sometimes does not mean that the Lord does not care for us. He doesn’t have to explain everything to us, but He does promise to lead us in paths that are right for us. The path He gives us requires faith, trust, obedience, and patience. Psalm 25:10 says, “The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands” (NLT). Should we ask God for paths that require no faith? Psalm 139:3 tells us that God searches out our path and that He is acquainted with our ways. There are days that our path looks dark, but He is there to teach, to instruct, and to guide in the way we should be going (Psalm 32:8). Job 23:8-11 says, “I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn to the south, but he is concealed. But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.”

This could be your life too… but did you stay in God’s path and did you follow His way?

Pastor George Belobaba

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The Eyes Of Hobab

Exodus 33:20“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared” (NKJV).

During the wilderness journey, a little-known transaction took place between Moses and Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law. Moses said to him in Numbers 10:29-31, “We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good” (KJV). Hobab refused, but Moses persisted. “So Moses said, ‘Please do not leave, inasmuch as you know how we are to camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes’” (NKJV). Can you imagine that? Moses wanted an unbeliever to be their guide, even after God said that He would send an angel. God also provided the cloud and the pillar of fire (Numbers 9:15-23). Why did they need the eyes of Hobab? Why do we?

Jesus sent the Comforter (John 14:26, 16:13-15). Why do we need Hobab and his eyes to lead us when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our guide? Hobab had no place in God’s plans for the church. Hobab is an intruder. His eyes are not sharp enough to see God’s purposes for his people. Hobab always seems near at hand when a decision must be made, and he gets the job of leading. “Come be our eyes”…

Who is Hobab? His name means “cherished.” He is anything introduced into the church or into the believer which does not have biblical authority for its existence there. At first Hobab’s methods may seem to be something to be cherished. Things are going well… perhaps his method becomes a fad and other churches copy his method. “Surely,” they think, “anyone as popular as Hobab can’t be wrong,” no matter how far from the Word of God he may be. People, his methods will deceive your mind. Be careful… Hobab is not so much an individual, as he is whatever causes you to lean less upon God the Holy Spirit and more on him. Accept God’s leadership–refuse Hobab.

Pastor George Belobaba

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