The other day I walked out of the cafe and started to head towards the shopping centre exit. I wondered why everyone else was going in the other direction until I realised I had turned the wrong way. I was sure I was heading in the right direction!
As much as we may not like to admit it, there are times we need help with directions. As we approach the crossroads of life we need a sign to show us the way forward or to give us a boost of confidence we’re heading in the right direction.
The good news is that we each have access to guidance even more reliable than the most complex GPS system and more effective than the most experienced counsellor. God is absolutely committed to showing you what direction to take at the crossroads. Although He leaves the steering wheel in our hands, he sits besides us to show us the best way forward:
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you’ – Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
While the specifics of David’s journey was unclear at times, he was left with no doubt about God’s intentions and the nature of his final destination:
‘How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you’ – Psalm 31:19 (NIV)
Not only is God committed to leading us, but as a Shepherd lovingly leads his sheep into greener pastures, so Gods intent is to lead us down paths that are full of life and abundance. God has literally taken the time to ‘store up’ good things in reserve for those who fear Him and find their refuge and safety in Him. Or in other words, those who listen to and follow His voice above all others.
But there are times at the crossroads where things remain unclear. Either the lights are red or the signs have faded and as a result you’ve lost momentum or stalled your progress. It’s at these times we need to ‘be strong and take heart’, knowing that although there may be a delay in the direction, God’s intent is always loving and He is working behind the scenes to ‘store up good’ for those who wait for His leading:
‘Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord’ (31:24)