Tuesday, April 12, 2011
~ "The Guiding Light..."
"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone." (Isaiah 42:16)
No, we aren't going to discuss the old soap opera that my mother and grandmother watched without fail. In this verse, God speaks to his people. He tells them that he will remove the obstacles that lie before them. In this verse, we see that if God brings you to it, he will lead you through it!
So often we get to a point in our walk that we become frightened and discouraged. We feel alone. We question whether or not we really are on the road he has chosen for us and wonder if somehow we've managed to take a detour and not even realize it. Well, even if we did, God will guide us through that forest and make "straight" the way. Remember, we are human and make mistakes. We also have a very cunning enemy working against us at all times. He will use what ever device he can to convince us that we are not loved by God, not protected by God and not saved by grace through God. He will tell us that we are not accepted into the family of God. He will taunt and tempt us when we aren't sure what we are to be doing. He will lay the carrot with the string attached to it in front of us and continue to drag it a bit further from our reach each time we come close to it. God doesn't work like that. He waits patiently for us to realize who it is we're dealing with, accepts our humble apology for doubting and continues to lead us on, all while Satan stands defeated in the shadows.
Waiting on the Lord is sometimes frustrating. We feel we should be "doing" something and all the while we are being told to "be still". There is a reason for the waiting. Maybe our next blessing isn't quite ready for us, maybe we aren't quite ready for it. Maybe we need to search our soul for healing before moving on, maybe we need to become a bit more patient than we've been. Maybe our faith needs to grow, maybe our lives need to change.
Once we have committed to HIS way, he will not ever forget us. We are set aside as princes and princesses - we are children of the King. We will receive our inheritance when the time is right and not a moment before. We are never out of his sight. With each and every step we take, his light guides us, it shines so often only on the step we are about to make contact with, but it still shines. He lights our way. He is our way. Don't forget that. Continue to hold him up as your King! Lift up your voice in praise and glorify him! Do what ever it is he's asking you to do, even if he's asking you to wait!