The desert hike and God's path. Proverbs 3:5-6
I decided to walk through the desert (you know blaze my own trail). Which I haven’t done for awhile, because I am so busy running a political campaign. But today I felt I had the time so off I went.
I had forgotten how it felt to not have a concrete path to follow. Walking through the desert can be difficult! You need to watch each step and at the same time look at what’s in front of you. This is because you don’t want to step on a rattlesnake, or touch a cactus and get one of those “hard to get out” thorns. You also need to look ahead, or you will end up running into various kinds of thorny trees, or bushes.
As I was walking the verses God has used over and over again in my life came to my mind.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
As I hiked I realized, blazing my own trail through the desert is like walking through life with God. So as I moved through the desert obstacles, I started asking God to show me how my hike was like trusting in Him. I thought, I need to look to God to guide my every step in this desert terrain, but even more so in my life. This is instead of allowing my own imperfect understanding and wisdom to lead me.
How does God guide us? He guides us as we trust or rely on Him and His Word. Trust in God allows His Spirit to control us. The Spirit controlling us, leads us in God's will for our life, and empowers us to do it.
Letting God guide us, also keeps us safe from that poisonous snake or should I say, Satan's bite.
But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB®
Letting God guide us, also keeps us walking down His rewarding path, instead of a path where we trip and fall into thorny sins and unnecessary trouble. (Read Genesis 3 - 4:15 and 1 Corinthians 3 - 4:5).
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NLT)
Because of God I can walk through life on a path that leads to eternity, Gini