In life, there’s a substantial difference between all of the things that are just ok and things which are the best. The same is true with God. There are ok pathways you can take for your life and not so ok pathways to take. Many decisions aren’t bad, they just aren’t the best. God wants to show you the best path for your life.
Finding that best pathway takes spending time with God. You and I have got to be open to what He has to say and not be too busy with social media or Netflix or virtual reality to hear Him. Spending major time with God helps you know Him better and be ready to hear what He has to speak concerning our futures.
God knows us better than anyone. He knows what things will bring us peace and what will introduce us to more chaos than we really need. If we trust Him and His leading, we will be able to go down the best pathway for our lives. So today, decide to lay aside those things that are keeping you from spending time with God. Choose to be real with Him, let Him show you the best path for our lives.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.
The Word of God for the Children of God. In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Yesterday, we devoted some significant time with Psalm 16:11 (AKJV)
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Just to review some of the inspiring and transformational thoughts which flowed through my heart and my soul – about maximizing our Joy in God.
Psalm 16 is one of my favorite psalms. I feel like I can do a Pray the Word on every verse here. I could not get out of Psalm 16 without thinking about and praying according to verse 11. We saw in 16:7 how we bless the Lord who gives us council, and the night also, he instructs our hearts, which leads down us to the very last verse in the chapter, “You make known to me the path of life.”
Again, God does not hide his will from us. God leads and guides us according to his will. He wants his will to be accomplished in our lives, far more than even we do. He makes known to us the path and paths of life, but please, don’t miss the connection here. The path of life involves walking in the presence of God. In your presence, there is fullness of joy. That’s the only true path of life. Being in the presence of God and enjoying the presence of God results in Fullness of joy.
Let this soak in. God’s plan for our lives involves fullness of joy in his presence. Oh, let me say that again. God’s plan for our lives involves fullness of joy in His presence. Walking with Him, enjoying Him. In the last phrase of this Psalm, “At your right hand are pleasures forever more.” Just picture this. His right hand is full of pleasures, and you and I take some of those pleasures, and there’s more. Take some more of those pleasures, there’s more. Take more pleasures, there’s more ad-infinitum. It’s forever! There is infinite pleasure to be found in God!
This is a life absolutely worth living. This is a path absolutely worth following.
This just causes me to pray; “oh God, help me to walk in your path. Lord, help me to follow your ways. I pray for this in my life, I pray for those who are and who are not listening right now. God, please, council us. Please instruct each of our hearts in the night. Please make known to us the path of life today, and we know that life is found in sensitivity to your spirit. We know that life is found in your presence. We know that life is found in constantly realizing that you are with us, that you are leading us, that you are guiding us, that you are directing us, and in your presence, we find fullness of joy.” This IS God’s Pathway for Me!
Turning our attention back to Psalm 32:8 Easy to Read Version,
8 The Lord says, “I will teach you
and guide you in the way you should live.
I will watch over you and be your guide.
We discover God also desires to teach us the Direction We Ought to be Going.
We discover God desires to guide you and me in the way we ought to be living.
We also find assurance that God will watch over you and me and be our guide.
Need direction in life? Not sure of the way of Salvation? God is willing to teach, instruct and guide you. David identifies for his readers the promise in this text from Psalm 32:8. The sure and certain promise of God is for God’s abundant provision for those who are willing to receive Him by faith, follow His leading.
It is the Lord’s desire to teach His children in the way in which He would have them to go. His way of submission and obedience to His Word and His authority. As a believer, we MUST seek and obey with humility, strive to live in holiness, a daily walk-in integrity, be honest in our dealings with one another and faithful to God and the calling which He has assigned to our hands, just to name a few.
No, God did not save us to live life as we please. There is a clear standard of living repeatedly identified throughout and within the Holy Scriptures for the Christian in which God has established His pathway for each of us to live by.
Direction is inescapably important for without direction we will inevitably get lost. Many are lost today because they refuse to be taught by God, but instead by self, they refuse to walk the pathway in which God has already mapped out for us in His Word and they stubbornly refuse to be counsel by God and be guided by God’s eyes, but instead, they willfully choose to be instructed and guided by what their eyes sees in the world, interpret it, then follow after that counsel.
Man can instruct himself all he desires, but it is only God through His Holy Spirit who can make us understand truth for God says, “I will make thee to understand that which shall be done by me.”
Proverbs 16:1-9 ESV
The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.[a]
3 Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness
than great revenues with injustice.
9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.
As God continues to teach and instruct us in the way of salvation, He promises to keep His watchful eye on us (Psalm 121). He will not leave us to ourselves for He knows without His direction and His watchful eyes upon us, because like a sheep, we will surely stray away from the path of righteousness. (Isaiah 53:6)
In our pandemic times, much uncertainty about living life has been revealed. Are we looking for that socially distant, mask mandated, sanitized direction in life? Not sure where God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are in this equation?
Not sure about how to travel down the Highways and By-Ways, the High Roads and the Low roads, the Roads less taken, least effected, least touched, the least populated and paved over and deeply potholed by some Corona Virus Variant?
Where now is the road of Salvation having accepted the pathway of Jesus Christ? You are far from being alone in asking. So, get into the Word of God, pray, seek the Lord’s face for He promises to teach, instruct, keep a watchful eye over you.
In the name of God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, let us Pray;
The Aaronic Blessing
22-23 God spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them,
24 God bless you and keep you,
25 God smile on you and gift you,
26 God look you full in the face
and make you prosper.