Volume 33 Number 13

Know the Path

I went hiking with the youth this week, let’s just say it was an experience. I knew where I wanted to go, but could not remember the name of the turnoff to get there. So, I asked a friend who grew up in the area. He knew where it was, but didn’t pay attention to signs, he just drove. You can do that if the area has become a part of you. Still, we found Elk Mountain (after a stop at the visitor’s center for directions), and hiked up the trail with no problem. However, coming down we somehow got off the path and ended up making our own, with the help of the local wildlife who had blazed some of the trail for us. Of course, this trail wasn’t nearly as people friendly.

I wonder how much we are like this spiritually? Satan, does his best to make us follow a trail, that looks just enough like God’s, to the point where we look up and find ourselves completely lost. We often make Satan’s job much too easy by spending our time on selfish desires, or confidence in our own power. How did it happen? We failed to spend enough time walking side by side with God.

Our problem hiking was not a trail that we could not follow. Our problem was that we did not know the trail well enough to follow it without error. God wants us to know His ways so well, we have no problem recognizing His track. Of course, this kind of relationship takes us spending so much time with God that we automatically follow Him. He desires us to walk side by side Him as we would a friend. We need His ways to become part of us.

Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him (Proverbs 2:3-8).

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK


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