“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to your mercy remember you me for your goodness’ sake, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” Isa 25:7-8
All of us sin so much. And we get lost in our sin. And we get frustrated with the sins of others. When will I get myself together? When will they get themselves together?
How comforting it is to know that God is merciful. Even though we don’t deserve it, he teaches us a way out of our messes.
Our contribution to the process is to be humble, to be quiet and watch for His guidance.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” Prov 3:5-6
One of my long time favorite verses! According to MY understanding, we are in a hopeless muddle. But if we look to him, he will show us a way out — no, more than that, he will actively direct our steps in the way we should go!
“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear;… Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped…. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert…. And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way.” (Selections from Isa 35)
If we will continue to be strong, to work as the woman in Proverbs 31 — “She sets about her work vigorously, her arms are strong for her tasks” — the highway will be there. That woman can work with strength because she has faith in God and does not let discouragement overwhelm her.
If we will be like the adventurer, setting out with excitement about what God will do, then there will be results! Then we will walk with grace. Then the way will seem clear to us. The key is to march forth positively with anticipation, day in and day out, not shrinking back.
“How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isa 30:20-21
Why do we turn to the left or the right? Why do we wander? We have A.D.D. We are constantly distracted by our desires. We want comfort. We want stimulation and entertainment. We’re “looking for love in all the wrong places.” We are like the Israelites who “became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth.” Eze 23:3
It is so heartening that God is gracious and he hears when we cry for help. He WILL help us go in the right direction. It’s not just up to us to pore over the Bible and figure it out. He is there with us, involved, actively guiding.
And He will take us in an awesome direction. He will vanquish the challenges in our life. Things will happen during the course of the day that are extraordinary. Life will unfold in a way that is more than we could ask or imagine. According to our faith it will be done.
Thanks be to God that he sent Jesus to be our shepherd and show us the way.
“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10