I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Psalm 32:8-9 (ESV)
The Way You Should Go
Do you want to know the way you should go? What is the alternative? That is an excellent question. Why is that? You could stumble through life bouncing from one meaningless, unfruitful endeavor, to another. You could misspend your life and waste it on what will amount to nothing of value, especially in light of all eternity. You could live and be guided solely by your own thoughts, opinions, and values. You could miss out on my plan and purpose for your life. You could one day live with deep regret over what you could have been and could have done. Now, I understand the importance and gravity of your question. I most certainly want to know the way that I should go. That’s good.
What will help or hinder me from knowing the way I should go? That is also a very good question. Pridefully thinking that you know the way you should go is your biggest danger. Thinking that you don’t need or want my wise counsel would be your most tragic mistake. Relying solely on yourself for wisdom and guidance and instruction would be the height of foolishness. I need no convincing. Why is that? I have made many foolish decisions. I have chosen the wrong course of action far too often. I have indeed bounced around from one meaningless, unfruitful endeavor to another. I have suffered the pain and suffering that comes from self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Without a doubt, I know that I need your wisdom and counsel and instruction. That knowledge will serve you well.
How will knowing that you need my wisdom and counsel and instruction guide your actions? I will draw near to you. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in worship. My entire being will be focused on you. I will listen to you. I will listen to and act on all the wisdom, counsel, and instruction I receive from you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. Then you will know the way you should go. Then you will live a fruitful life without regrets. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know I have been stubborn. I have been like a mule with my own headstrong ideas and plans. Forgive me. I will listen to you. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in your word. Teach and guide me in the way I should go. I will follow you. Amen
Key Question… How are you making it your daily practice to meet with the Lord so you can receive guidance from Him?
Living It Out… Listen to and act on all the wise counsel you receive from the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you wise counsel to guide your life.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are following wise counsel you have received from the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you listen to and act on wise counsel you receive from the Lord.
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