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Better To Ask The Way Than Go Astray

I am so thankful for GPS because I was not good at reading a map, I cannot read while riding or I get carsick and now I would have to probably have a magnifying glass to see the map! I saw this saying, "Better to ask the way than go astray," and I was brought back to my youth, riding in the backseat with my brothers. None of us in seat belts, probably fighting and asking how much longer? Mom and Dad would have the giant map spread out across the front seat trying to find their way. I would hear mom say, "Charles, why don't you just stop and ask for directions." No, he would find it. A while later Mom would say, "Charles if you will just stop, I will go in and ask for directions." Mom always told me that men don't stop and ask for directions.

That may be true about men but I always try to do things myself before I ask God's direction. We always think we have it figured out. In fact we have the whole thing planned out! Psalm 25: 4, "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths." Wouldn't it be awesome to know eveyr day that you are on the right path? To know we are going in the right direction? We would not have to wonder if this is part of God's plan for our life.

King David wrote in Psalm 25: 4-5, "Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." David's humble heart gave him the desire to be guided by God. David knew God was his Savior and He had created a path for him. Psalm 25: 8-10, "Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant."

God is the source of wisdom for all things. Realize that He not only has the answer, He is the answer. Proverbs 2:6 and 9 states, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding… Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.” Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” God’s direction in your decision will become clearer and more distinct as you continue to pray and ask for His help.

If you are sensing anxiety or confusion about the direction your life is going then ask for God's direction. If you want a successful life, seek God's direction. His wisdom will direct your paths in a peaceful manner - there will be no need for stressing! Jeremiah 29: 11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God is the source of all wisdom. And He sees our life from an eternal perspective - not just a worldy perspective.

Where God guides, He provides!


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