Today’s Scripture: Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:6-8
Sarah started in disbelief at the GPS. She had followed exactly,and here she was stopped in the middle of nowhere as it announced she had reached her destination.Looking out the window, all she saw was an empty field and trees blowing in the wind. Finally, she was able to get a cell signal and call for help. After a few minutes,she pulled up to her destination relieved to have made it.
How many times does it seem like our lives end up in situation like Sarah’s? We feel we have done everything the way we were supposed to only to end up lost and confused. Despite our best efforts, we don’t know what we are supposes to do next.
Thankfully, God knows the way better than a GPS. God doesn’t get us to the destination; He takes us on the right path. Though we don’t always understand the way He takes us, He knows it is in our best interest. We read in Exodus 13:17-18 that when God led the Israelites out of Egypt, He didn’t lead them through the land of the Philistines although it was close. Instead, He led them through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. God knew that the Israelites might return to Egypt instead of facing the threat of war. Through this detour, God showed His power by dividing the Red Sea and destroying the armies of Pharaoh.
We need to remember the Lord is our shepherd. He will lead us to green pastures and still waters. If we are following Him we have nothing to fear – even when He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. We need to learn to follow God’s leading because He will never lead us astray. Praise Him today for His guidance in your life.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.