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Who Is Your Guide In Life?

Who Is Your Guide?

Be careful who you follow.

Once we were religiously following Suzy Q, a nickname for our GPS, as it was showing us a new route to Chicago. At one point Suzy lead us on a shortcut between Interstates, Suzy guided us down the mainstreet of a tiny town of about 50.

Soon she guided us to turn off Main Street and led us down a gravel road that ended in a pasture. I unplugged Suzy and used a map.

Be careful who you follow.

“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

In Psalms 25 David is in conflict. His enemies are unnamed but he speaks of being alone, afflicted, and anguished. David is confused about the way to go.

We, too, have a multitude of choices and paths in life. What career to pick? Shall I have a double shot latte or a caramel cream molatta?

What career will I pursue? Will I get up in time to exercise this morning? 

Is it time to quit my job? Will I get cookie dough ice cream or double fudge chocolate?

Some paths are of little consequence, others life-changing. Even little changes have consequences. Too many double chocolate ice creams may lead to a diet. Using your money for expensive coffee could instead be invested and eventually be worth thousands of dollars.

How do we decide which way to go?

When choices come, some are wide paths, others narrow. We can seek advice from people who know us best. We may follow the majority. Others may point to an alternative. We choose to trust in something or someone. We may place confidence in systematic plans, logical thinking, or in our “gut” feelings.

Ultimately, it is only God who knows best.

In verse five David makes it apparent that he is placing his confidence in God’s leading. The future is hazy. But the LORD sees and knows the whole road, every twist and turn.

To discover the best path is not to trust technology or to rely on what others think, but to have a knowledgeable guide.

Choosing God as guide is the choice David makes. We can let go of our choices and follow God’s way.

There will always be enemies along the way. But how good to trust the One who is greater than our enemies and who has won the victory over them.

“O death where is thy sting, o grave where is they victory. For the sting of death is sin, and power of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Chris

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