As a teenager (many years ago!) I was challenged by our high school Bible Club sponsors to find a passage of Scripture that I could call my ‘Life Verse’. I settled on Proverbs 3:5&6, which is beloved to many of you. It reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Very soon I decided to apply that passage to help make a decision concerning whether to join a social club considered a great honor to anyone receiving an invitation. I weighed the pros and cons in my immaturity and decided to ask God what I should do. After prayer I tried to decide how He could answer me. It seemed best to go to the Bible, His Word; but where in the Bible…? I prayed again and said, “Please direct my path to the right place…” With my eyes closed, I opened the Bible, opened my eyes, and read…”Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (II Cor. 6:17-18)
I was relieved to know what He wanted and have never needed that dramatic a revelation since. This prompted me to read and study His Word more diligently through the years so I would know His will. As the psalmist says, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) And verse 105 of the same Psalm says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” This is really a vivid picture for His promise in Proverbs 3:6 that He will direct our paths!
I read an illustration recently that highlights the necessity for God to lead us in light of His understanding of the WAY.
Charles Swindol tells of an incident when he was in the Marine Corps and his ship was in the corner of Formosa (now called Taiwan) near Taipei.
“We stopped there at the mouth of the harbor and awaited the arrival of the harbor pilot, who came out and took the wheel of the ship and began to weave us through the pathless waters that led to the dock itself. At first glance that seemed like an unnecessary thing to do. We could see the dock less than a mile ahead. But the closer we looked and the longer we looked over the side of the ship into the crystal clear waters, we could tell why. There were mines located randomly beneath the surface of the water. If the hull of our ship had nudged a mine just enough, disaster would have occurred. But the pilot of the harbor knew where every mine was located.”
I’m ready for the Pilot, who knows the way we should go, to guide us into 2014! How about You?