Have you ever been on a hike in rough terrain? The trail is littered with rocks and other obstacles that need to be avoided. Our natural instinct is to keep our eyes fixed on the trail for several reasons. It will prevent us from getting lost and straying from the path we desire to travel. We can see obstacles we need to avoid to keep us from getting injured.
I thought about how this relates to our everyday life as a Christian. God tells us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
Imagine now walking down the same trail but instead of looking down all we do is look up. When we look up we see Jesus and we also can hear his voice and his direction. How totally unnatural this would be for us to do! How much trust does this require? We would become totally dependent upon Jesus to guide our every step because we can no long see the path using our eyes.
This is the essence of faith!
Faith is trusting Jesus to guide us even when we cannot see the path with our own eyes. The truth is we have never really been able to see the path and understand where we should go, although we believe at times we can find our path. We often see obstacles as something to be avoided only to look back on our life and realize some obstacles were actually blessings. We also have come across obstacles that should have been avoided at all cost and we run face first into them causing our self sometimes years of grief and pain. If you are like me you have found yourself deceived and being led down a path that you later realized was not a path leading you to the Lord. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men (Proverbs 4:14).
I think most of us would say our ability to successfully navigate through life has been hit and miss. Is there a better way? We both know the answer to this question!
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path (Proverbs 23:19). If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
Who is ordering your steps today?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35