“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. Remember, O LORD, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.”
In this Psalm, David is asking God to show him the path he is supposed to take his life through. When looking for the path that God wants us to follow we can be left with lots of big questions that lead to lots of big decisions. For example the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” This follows us all through childhood until that day you finally decide. This is probably one of the scariest questions for some high school and even college students to have to answer. I know I’ve spent a lot of my time praying and trying to find this answer for myself. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago when Jason Bottcher preached on a Wednesday night that I found an answer.
During pre-service prayer, I got to the usual part of my conversation with God where I ask him for guidance and insight into my future. But this time it was different. I felt like he was really going to speak to me tonight. So it was time for the service to start and Jason opened up with saying he was an accountant for his church. Then it hit me and I thought “oh my goodness my two favorite things. Church and math. This has to be it.” He continued to preach then it was time to go to the alter. I went to the alter and I excitedly prayed asking God if this was the answer to that lasting childhood question. The answer I got was “wait”. This was definitely not what I expected. You could even say I was a little disappointed or confused. I mean church. And math. How is this not perfect for me? But then the intentions of that simple word were revealed to me and I came to peace with it.
I remembered that God’s timing is perfect and he will reveal my future to me when the time is right. Like David said in the Psalm mentioned above, God has shown again and again his unfailing love and compassion. He is the one that saves us when we put our hope in him. Remembering these simple yet incredible truths is what helps me to not stress about my future because I know God is guiding me all the way. His word helps us to not walk through life blindly but to walk through looking for his plan and trusting he will give it to us when we’re ready.
“For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.”
“I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night, my heart instructs me. I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
If we look at these two scriptures and truly live them out what have we to be afraid of? Why should we be shaken if we know he is right beside us guiding us until we die? This is easier said than done of course. But if we start to pray that God gives us the strength, willingness, and openness to trust his guidance, we can live unafraid of our future because we know it’s found in him. So I encourage you when those big questions and decisions come up, whatever they are, to give it to God and wait for his answer. Wait for his timing. And trust that he will guide you down the road that leads to him and gives you a future more beautiful than anything you imagined because it is found solely in him.