Thursday, September 11, 2014

God's Pathway

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Can you read the phrase above?  It was supposed to say, “Keep on God’s Path.”   My fingers were just one key off on the keyboard.  Words can actually be understood when the fingers are properly aligned.  

God has a pathway for each of us to walk on.  Even when we are slightly off, it makes no sense at all.  By shifting just a little, the confusion disappears and things come into clear focus.

Do you feel you are where God wants you?   In cases when things seem a little off, here are some suggestions to get on track:

1.              Fast and pray.  Don’t continue down the road without stopping and seeking God for answers. 

2.              Read God’s Word daily and seek His face to be familiar with His voice.

3.              Ask God to reveal anything that might hinder you from hearing His voice.

4.              Repent if there are things God reveals.  

5.              Search your heart to see if there are instructions from God you have ignored.  If so, obey. 

6.              Keep doing all you know God has shown you, and wait for His answers. 

7.              Once you get the go ahead, move forward to get on track. 

God wants to keep us on His path.   Sometimes we don’t hear His voice because we don’t take time to listen.

This week I read a story of the Israelites in Judges 9.   Many heard of the Israelites conquering their enemies, and were filled with fear.  One such nationality was the Gibeonites. 

The Gibeonites lived close by but lied to the Israelites by telling them they were from a far off country and asked to enter a treaty of peace with them.  They played the part well using worn out sacks, cracked wineskins and dry, moldy bread.  The Israelite leaders listened to the Gibeonites and looked at the circumstances instead of seeking God to see if their story was true.  

Joshua 9:14-15 says, “The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.  Then Joshua entered into a treaty of peace with them to let them live and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.”

Joshua's instructions from the Lord was to destroy all the enemies in the Promised Land.  And now they found themselves off track.   I believe if they had sought God, He would have shown them how to handle this encounter.  

Before we judge them though, we should look at our lives and see how many decisions we make without inquiring of the Lord.  It’s easy to do.  I’ve found myself often following the steps above to get back on track. 

To stay on God’s path, it’s important to seek Him first and foremost.  It will keep us from having to backtrack on this journey of life. 

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