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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