The other day whilst out walking with a friend we got lost. I thought I knew way… but it turns out that the path was not as easy to find as I thought..! So many different tracks, how do you know you are on the right one?
Fortunately we had a map and a compass and we found where we were and roughly where we wanted to get to. However, what wasn’t completely clear was how to get there! So following the map and various paths and with the use of the compass these two intrepid explorers eventually found their way down!!
A bit like the Christian life, the way isn’t always completely clear nor which is the right path to take. Other things distract us, things which look like the way aren’t , things we thought were of God turn out to be of man all along and we have wasted unnecessary time & effort to discover that this wasn’t the right path after all!
Oh how often I have taken a wrong turn in my spiritual walk and have had to find my way back to God. Things I thought were of God weren’t and I have found myself so far from Him. I have had to humble myself, confess to the Lord that I have gone my own way & have ended up in a place I didn’t expect to be in.
Sometimes it is difficult to know the way back or the way out, but once that acknowledgement and confession has been made, the Lord will make a way. We may feel a bit like the Israelites who wandered about the wilderness for 40 years, that it was a waste of time, but nothing is ever wasted with the Lord. Rather these times are fresh opportunities for God to reveal His loving kindness and amazing grace towards us, a chance for a fresh start, a new walk, a new way with the Lord.
Perhaps if we had followed the map more closely and used the compass in the first place we wouldn’t have got lost. In the same way, if I follow God’s Word closely and rely on the Holy Spirit through prayer then I am more liable to stay on the right path and not be distracted by the other paths nor following my own whims and fancies, instead I will be acknowledging Him and He will be directing my paths.