Stay on the path

Psalm 119: 1-2

Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.  Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. NIV

This morning, I began reading Psalm 119 in The Message.  I didn’t get very far, because these first two verses, when translated into modern English, spoke to me.  “You are blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.  You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him.” MSG

Much of yesterday, the praise song that I looked at in the morning echoed through my head:  “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  When I tie that verse, Psalm 119:105, back to this one, the picture that begins to emerges is beautiful to me.

And, the picture becomes even more clear when I overlay Psalm 37: 23-24, which I looked at back in April, “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm;  though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” NIV

There is a path.  God has a will for my life.  I am not permitted to see it, because I am not God.  I must trust God and walk by faith.

As I think about this, what comes to mind is a current television promotion … the one where a green line suddenly appears for people who have hired a certain financial advisor to plot out their futures for them.  This ad works because it plays to exactly the same fears that I face, that all humans face, as we live out this life bound by time.  We all want to know that our futures are secure.  But, security doesn’t lie in the green line or in a financial plan … it lies in the fact that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.

The joy of seeking His will each day as I set my feet on the ground is part of the miracle of human life.  As the path is lighted for me, step-by-step, I must take each step confident in the love of Jesus and in the fact that He will not allow me to fall.  And, even though the path will not be revealed to me in its entirety, I have a map — the Word of God.

As I continue to make my way through this time of uncertainty, I will remember not to worry.  I will be comforted in the knowledge that if I am diligent in seeking God’s will for my life, if I continue to take each step in faith as it is revealed to me, I will ultimately fulfill His purpose for me.

I will think about that today.

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