Can I get a witness about life being a maze? And there are certainly plenty of voices yelling at you to take their path. But as Christians, we want to make sure we’re on the right path.
Recently as I was reading my daily Bible passages, this concept of following the correct path really stuck in my mind. Please allow me to share with you the various verses that seemed to stand out together as a guide for this all important path we need to follow.
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
How do I even decipher the paths and even more so, the right path? This verse from Proverbs gives us a beginning. Everything flows from the heart. We must guard it because we will use it to follow the correct path.
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”
How do we get the best from our heart? We trust the Lord with our whole heart. We don’t depend on our interpretation of the paths. If we do, we’ll be led in the wrong way. We must yield ourselves to the Lord, our authority. This submitting part is so hard, because we often think we know better. But we must pay attention to the source of wisdom.
Proverbs 4:26-27 “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
This Proverb passage makes this decision of which path to follow seem very important. And it is. It warns us to give careful thought to our paths. As we’re traveling a path, sometimes we don’t think about the end of the path, the destination. But this must be considered. We can know that God will lead us on a straight path, if we will surrender to His guidance.
Don’t be fooled by the wording here – “he will make your paths straight.” This doesn’t mean an easy road.
Proverbs 4:25 “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
This verse helps me understand the concept of a path that is straight. It isn’t necessarily straight as we think of straight. It is straight to God. Hence the reason we must focus our eyes straight ahead, gazing in His direction and following Him. We don’t allow our feet to veer to the right or the left, no matter how enticing our enemy makes that path seem. And there are some truly enticing paths that the enemy sets for us to cause us to stray off the straight path. He makes a path look easier or more profitable.
I’m not sure how you are at corn mazes. Me, not so good. I have wandered through one for longer than I desired and been more than a little anxious to find the correct path to lead me out. I don’t like the feeling of being lost, not knowing where I am. But all too often I do the same in life. I think I know better about the direction to go and end up turning in circles. What God wants me to know is that He has the path for me and He will lead. Now, He won’t force me to follow. He’ll let me wander through, depending on my own understanding. But His advice in His Word is to not depend on my limited wisdom, submit my ways to Him, keep focused ahead without veering, and He will lead me down the path He has for me.
Thank You, God, that I don’t have to depend on my own directionally-disfunctional ways! And lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake,