Personal Renovation Day 4 – Straight Paths for My Feet
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble.” (Hebrews 12:12-15, ESV)
“Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.” (Psalm 5:8, ESV)
With our heads screwed on right and our hearts filled with Him, it’s time to get moving. Knowing where to go and what to do can be very difficult. So often we think that there is going to be some grand sign or gesture from the Lord to direct us in which way we should go. This is rarely the case. So many young Christians become paralyzed by the idea of moving forward with uncertainty because it is drilled in us that we are sinful in nature and prone to wander, so if we go with what feels right it’s probably the wrong way to go. So what do we do when everything seems uncertain?
As always, we start with God. There is no better place to turn when you are uncertain than to the One who designed the master plan. That’s why the Psalmist pleads with the Lord to “make your way straight before me.” There is nothing uncertain to Him so we can trust Him in the uncertain. He knows where we need to go and will lovingly guide us there even if we take a few detours along the way.
I think there is something to be said about just moving forward with confidence. As we search for our greater calling and try to find God’s will for our lives, we must simply do the next right thing. Move with confidence and do the things you see right in front of you. Search for the places and people that need help. Start as locally as your own home, then your church, then your community. Continue to put in the work and do what is right in God’s eyes, and He will open doors for you along the way.
All good things come from God. There is no goodness in us that is not attributed to Him. Therefore, whenever we have the desire to do something good for God, it is clearly a desire that was placed there by Him. Now, a desire is not a free pass to rush in to anything, but it is a constant motivator to strive toward the end goal. If the Lord has given you the desire to connect with the younger generation, pray for guidance to get connected. Make efforts to talk with them when you’re at meetings of your local church and even express your desires to others in your church family. You may be shocked to find that others have the same desire. If the Lord has given you the desire to go into the missionary field, pray for guidance. Start with your local community. Invite friends and coworkers to services. Do the work of a missionary where you are, and when the Lord opens a door, you will be ready because He has allowed you to grow where you are right now.
My challenge to you today is to spend time with God in prayer. Ask Him to lead you in His path. Ask Him to open doors and keep your eyes open for them. Then simply do the next right thing. If you see a need, fill it, because God has opened your eyes. If you have a desire to serve Him in a specific way, then bring it before Him in prayer. Look for opportunities to live out your desire even if it isn’t the way you envision. God has planted the seed, and we must allow Him to tend to it so we can bear fruit.