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Is This The Right Way?

Dave Reid “God’s ultimate plan and desire for each one of us is to become more and more like Jesus Christ. All the right paths lead in that direction.  You can be sure that God is always working everything together in your life toward that glorious goal!”

A few years ago, my oldest son and I would go to the local community college and take walks around the track they have. We always started our walks together and at the same pace. Then, after a bit, he would start to complain and want to take a break or be done. Sometimes he would even run parts of it so we could finish faster but he would still have to wait for me to get done so we could go home.

On the track, there are sections where there are options to take a different path. Some days he would choose his path, and I would go mine, but he would still be where I could see him.

Sometimes when we walk with God, we want to rush through the season we are in, and sometimes we take a different path than the one God is on or wants us to be on. But either way we will eventually have to wait for Him to guide us to the next point.

Proverbs 5:21 says, “For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”

When we rely on the Lord to lead, we can be confident that the path we are on is the exact one we should be on.

Most of us have used a map, then MapQuest, and now GPS on our vehicles or phones. We find the destination and then follow what the map says, one turn after another until we make it to the endpoint.

Similarly, God does have a plan for our lives, but He does not reveal it to us as a highlighted map. In fact, He may not reveal much but let us know when the time is right. Our responsibility is to obey Him in all we do and use the means for making decisions that God has shown us in Him Word. Then we can be sure that whatever unfolds is God's particular plan for our lives.

Psalm 25:4 says, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.”

Have you ever made a choice and then thought if it was the right one to make? The uneasiness of the decision creeps in, and you then feel anxious because maybe that wasn’t the right choice.

It’s like going to a new restaurant and ordering food. You look over the menu for a long time, the waiter comes to take your order, you tell them what you want, and hope that it was a good choice. You may even look around at what others have and say, “Oh, what’s that? That looks good, I should have gotten that…” but of course, your choice has been made, and you just have to go with it.

We have a God who will help us choose the right path in life’s choices. Proverbs 4:11 says, “I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”

Simply living life with its many decisions in accordance with God's Word, by using our biblically based common sense. In the areas where God has revealed His will for us, we walk in obedience to His laws. In the areas where God has not specifically made His will known, we use our God-given common sense. But take comfort in know that God works everything for your good and His glory.

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