Steer Clear Of Dead Ends
By Tia McCollors
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. – Psalm 37:23
Stop. Yield. No U-Turns Allowed. Road Closed 500 Feet. Detour. Our daily lives are bombarded with signs giving us directions. Even our computers have pop up screens to warn us of potentially dangerous or malicious websites. In most cases all we have to do is keep our eyes open. The same is true in our spiritual lives. Being the caring God that He is, our Heavenly Father gives us signs on our roads to righteousness.
The wise men followed the star to find Jesus, and God set a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to keep the Israelites headed in the right direction when they left Egypt. Although we may not have those tangible signs from God, He has given us the directions we need completely in His Word. The scriptures assure us of it in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. As we walk worthy of the calling He has given us, stay aware of the words that He’s posted along our path. Trust (Proverbs 3:5-6), Seek (Deuteronomy 4:29), and Believe.
Practical Application: One of the worst feelings is being confused by highway signs when driving at 70 mph. We try to follow our own judgment and also consider the input of our passengers. It’s a recipe for disaster. Following God’s signs for us means we have to eliminate other distractions so we can discern His hand and hear His voice. Sometimes this means turning off the extra voices – friends, the radio, and television – for silence. He’s speaking. Are you listening? His voice will steer us away from dead ends.
Prayer: Lord, help me to eliminate the distractions that speak louder than Your voice. Allow me to see the evidence of Your hand in even the simplest things in life. When life gets confusing, I will stop and ask for directions from You and from the wise counsel you’ve placed in my life. Thank You for Your guidance and instructions. My help comes from You.
Tia McCollors is a wife and mother who loves to encourage women to wear their faith like a designer label. Information about her inspirational novels and devotions can be found at www.tiamccollors.com.