Point Reyes, CA. August 2013
Time after time in the bible, we encounter walking metaphors. Walk humbly, walk by faith, He will not let your foot slip, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight, keep steady my steps according to Your promise, you shall walk in the way that the Lord your God has commanded you. So many references to walking, but what does this all mean? What does the Lord want us to take away from all this?
The Lord doesn’t want us stumbling on our path, confused with where to go or what to do. With every issue that we face, Christ is next to us, supporting us throughout it. He knows that the path may get tough sometimes, but He’s either walking next to us or carrying us.
Even when the path is hidden from us, He says, “You do not know now, but later you will understand.” We know what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to lean on Him, pray to Him, call to Him in our anguish, depend on Him.
God’s will for us is spelled out in His word. He wants us to love Him above all else, and next to love His people. He wants us to do good and share what we have (Hebrews 13:16). He teaches us how to pray (Luke 11:1-13). He tells us that whoever knocks shall be answered to, to take joy even in affliction, to draw close to Him in rough times. Even when things are confusing, we know how we’re supposed to act. Continuing to draw near to Him is sometimes the only way to push on.
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
Whatever God is calling you to do, He’s equipping you to do as well. He doesn’t throw you to the wolves without a weapon. He doesn’t leave you and forsake you simply because we’re undeserving. Christ is preparing you for every hardship that you’re going through.
The direction He gives us is obvious when we search for it. By taking a moment to observe His presence, it’s easy to feel Him. Honestly, sometimes it may not be so easy. Life gets tough and things get hard and sometimes it seems like Christ is anything but next to us. It may seem like everything’s going against us, like there’s nothing left for us to hope for and that life is going to tear us apart.
By looking at His word, we draw closer to Him. By reading the cherished books He has given us, we’re finding direction connection to Him, the precious gift He has given to learn about Him and learn about His will. He’s equipping us with the guidance that we need no matter where we are in our walk in life.
In suffering, Christ is here and the Lord’s word is here. Our direction is clear.