Psalm 32:6-10 (NIV)

6 Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, a the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. (Selah) 8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you. 10 Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

8 I will instruct1 you and teach you2 in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over3 you.                            

DEVOTION – Gerald McCann (Western Cape, South Africa)

I am a trailblazer, pathfinder, and guide.  In the area where I work, we have ways to guide hikers along the path.  Wherever a junction o paths occurs, a sign and a colored footprint indicate the new route.  Once hikers are on the right trail, they will see rocks painted with white dots placed roughly 50 paces apart to indicate the right track.  When the path is slightly overgrown, some hikers begin to feel a bit anxious, wondering if they are still on the right path.  At such times, they are relieved to spot a white mark on a rock so they can confidently proceed on their way.

Walking with God through our daily lives is similar to hiking a well-marked trail.  God has promised to guide us and show the way at each important new intersection.  When no guidance seems to come, we may begin to feel anxious, wondering if we are still walking in the way of God.  That is when God’s “white dots” are so encouraging.  Each “dot”, each sign, could be described as a nod from God, indicating that we are still on the right trail and that God is pleased with our progress.  “Just keep following the path you are on right now,” God seems to be saying.  “I will show you where to turn next.”  These signs may appear in the form of scripture, spiritual songs, words from a friend, or parts of a sermon.  Even Life’s circumstances – good or bad – can play a part in revealing signs from God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is our best possible guide through life.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, open our eyes that we may see your guidance on our trail and lead others to a better understanding of you.  Amen.