If you’ve ever
taken a walk in a densely wooded area with no trail, navigated through the streets of Boston, or even just through an unfamiliar Walmart Superstore, you know how easy it can be to lose your bearings. You know where you want to get to—that’s not the problem. The problem is the countless steps it takes to finally get to where you are going. Whether you are headed to the coastline, or the Boston commons, or just to the registers to check out, we can suddenly find ourselves not exactly sure if we are still headed in the right direction.
What is really interesting is that studies have shown that unless we have a point of reference that we can look to as we navigate, our natural tendency is to walk in circles—to double back to where we originally started.
Don’t you find this being true at times in your daily walk with Christ?
So, as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, and with our brothers and sisters in Christ, let us remain aware of how easy it can be to be walk off course. And a little off-course over a long journey can lead to destinations God never intended for us. But with prayer, we can call out to our Savior, ask Him to forgive us, and put our trust in Him with every single step. How often are you looking to Him and His word to not only guide you as your point of reference, but to show you where you really are, and to remind you of who He really is?
Pray these words of David to God and meditate on the truth that they hold for your life.
1 O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!
5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
6 When their judges are thrown over the cliff, then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.