He'll Lead the Way
It is wise to have plans for the future; having dreams and desires is part of what keeps life moving forward. We have all arrived at where we are today by the decisions we’ve made.
The exciting news is to know that we can continue to grow and rise to greater heights with God’s assistance. As we are traveling down the road of life, we shouldn’t worry about where we are going, but who we are following.
I would rather follow God’s lead and stay on course, than go my own way and stumble along. For when I am uncertain about the correct path to follow, God illuminates the way. I find peace from the words God spoke through Isaiah the prophet.
The Lord says in Isaiah 42:16,
“I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling.”(CEV)
When walking in the dark a flashlight is very useful, otherwise we might run into something and fall. By simply following the light, every obstacle becomes visible. God’s Word is also like a flashlight that guides us.
Psalms 119:105 tells us,
“By His words we can see where we’re going; they throw a beam of light on our dark path.”(MSG)
Jeremiah 33:3 gives us direction on how to receive spiritual clarity. Listen,
“Call to me and I will answer you. I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”(MSG)
You and I can sit around thinking about the future and still come to a dead end. Prayer, not purposeful thinking, is the key to unlocking doors.
Prior to my writing aspirations I had gone through several years of Biblical study. The Biblical courses were beneficial to me and deep down I knew they would also be beneficial to an effective ministry.
I had envisioned a speaking ministry even though I was a little doubtful about my speaking abilities. So I went to my Bible for guidance and the answer as what I was to pray came from Isaiah 50. Beginning in verse four it says,
“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to himwho is weary.”(NKJV)
This Scripture became my foundation on which to stand. Then after a period of time had passed the opportunity for me to write came up unexpectedly. The funny thing is, I never thought of speaking through the written Word.
God knew I would be hesitant with the idea so that is why I believe He didn’t reveal to me the method He’d choose. Still, if it had not been for my persistent prayer, I would have lacked the confidence necessary to write a word in season. There may well be a time for me to speak in the future, but for now I’m standing firm.
In his article, Use What Is In Your Hand to Fulfill What Is In Your Heart, Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong Church said, “Over the years I have encountered many gifted people with a passion to serve God who became stale and stagnant because they didn't do anything with it. The desire was burning in their hearts but they were blind to what was in their hand.”
Thankfully, unlike these people mentioned by Brian Houston I accepted the challenge to write and faced my fears head on.
Where do you feel like the Lord is leading you? Are you uncertain about the path? Don’t worry for a minute because you have the Bible, God’s Word, as your road map. Obey the counsel provided within its pages and you too will have success.
As Joshua 1:8 says,
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”(NLT)
Copyright Byron Bohnert. Used by permission.