“Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.” Deuteronomy 5:33 (NLT)
When I was younger I used to love nature trails. Even today nothing refreshes me more than going to Shelby Farms and riding my bike through the trails that have been carved out amongst the plush forest. There is a sacred quietness only broken by the natural inhabitants of the forest. Birds serenade one another, deer occasionally pop out to take a look, and fish jump out of the water to grab an insect flying too close to the surface. I love taking a journey into the forest to enjoy God’s creation, but you can get lost if you get off the path.
A couple of years ago I took my sons bike riding on the trails. I told them to stay close and follow me. When we came to a fork in the path my middle son stayed with me and my oldest along with my youngest son took another route. I panicked!
I took my middle child back to the parking lot and went back in to look for the other two. I asked people along the path if they had seen my sons. I searched for at least an hour. They weren’t answering my calls. Finally, I returned to the truck and there they had all returned. Fortunately my oldest stayed on the path to find his way back.
If we are going to prosper in the land God is taking us into we are going to have to stay on the path that he has carved out for us. The good news is that when we make a wrong turn the Father will come looking for us and the Holy Spirit will instinctively guide you back on the right path.
Keep us forever on the right path. There are so many shortcuts and diversions, but you have ordered our steps. There is a way that seems right to us but in the end it can lead to death. I’m glad you came looking for me when I took a wrong turn and got me back on the right path. Help your children who’ve taken a wrong turn to get back on the right path today.
In Jesus’ Name,