I like to bring you devotionals that will encourage, challenge, and stretch your understanding of how God operates. Today is one of those devotionals.
The path by which He will conduct you will not always be smooth and pleasant
(“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)
“He led them forth by the right way–that they might go to a city of habitation.” Psalm 107:7
Just so will the Lord will lead you, beloved reader, by the “right way”–if you truly yield yourself to His guidance. The path by which He will conduct you will not always be smooth and pleasant. You will have some “Hill Difficulty” to climb, and some “Valley of Humiliation” to walk in. You will have some thorny steps to tread–and occasionally you may have to pitch your tent by Marah–the waters of bitterness.
As you are led by a mysterious and circuitous way amidst perplexity and conflict–you may be ready to think that you are traveling by a needlessly painful and trying path, and that you may safely walk by some smoother one to the home of eternal rest. Do not yield to the temptation of turning aside from the path which the Lord plainly marks for you in His Word, and by the footprints of Christ. Still follow as He leads. He designs to exercise your faith, and patience, and self-denial. The way to the crown–is by the cross!
Trust, then, your All-wise Leader–and depend on His faithfulness and grace. He will surely bring you by the right way . . .
to the city of habitation,
to the home of the redeemed,
to the abode of endless rest, and peace, and love!
“Jesus, on You our hope depends,
To lead us on to Your abode,
Assured our Home will make amends
For all our toil while on the road!”
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Today follow the path God has made uniquely for you. He is watching and guiding you on your way. Don’t take your eyes off Him.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001