Monday, 27 February 2017

That my ways were directed

You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments. – Psalm 119.4-6

It can very hard to find direction on where to turn next. There are many times in our lives when we just wonder ‘what do I do next?’ Where do I turn?’ ‘Who do I turn to?’ Sometimes these decisions we have to make can be overwhelming to the point of despair.

There is an answer for us here in Psalm 119 – ‘Oh that my ways were directed to keep your statutes.’

Most of us who are saved any amount of time have some idea of what God’s word says. Most of us have a general sense of what we should or should not do. If we are in a place where someone has left their bicycle unlocked and we need a bike it doesn’t take much guidance to tell us to leave it there.

But not everything is quite so cut and dry. Some choices are neither back or white but are some shade of grey. It is then that we need God’s direction.

Fortunately God provides a signpost for us – and He provides a navigation tool as well. The signpost is the word of God. No matter what crossroads we come across God has the directions laid out clearly for us. Then as we travel along the way we are promised the Holy Spirit who will guide us into all truth. He is the one who says, ‘at the next roundabout, take the third exit.

Between the word of God to direct us and the one the sport guidance of the Holy Spirit we can have the direction we need to make the right decisions.

Now all we have to do is to follow.

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