Life can be very confusing at times. So many choices. So many decisions to be made. The decisions I had to make as a teenager seemed so huge at the time. Now that I am much older, and hopefully a little wiser, they still seem equally as imposing. Which decision is the “right” choice? Sometimes, when I consider my options, I feel like I am standing before one of those huge mixmasters on a major thoroughfare in Dallas or Chicago wondering which lane to choose.
How do I know? How can I know which road to choose, which path to take? David wrote, “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.” I know this is the first step in making godly choices–ask God to show me, to point out to me the path I am to follow. I need to pause before making decisions in life. A “pause” may take a moment or it may require a longer period of time, but I would rather wait on the Lord than get off track.
David goes on to ask, “Lead me by Your Truth and teach me.” God’s Truth is found in His Word. The more time I spend reading, learning, and implementing His word the more direction and discernment I gain about life and the decisions to be made. The more time I spend in God’s Word the better equipped I am to make wise, godly decisions.
Last of all, David says, “All day long I put my hope in You.” It is not enough for me to sit at the Father’s feet in the morning, allow Him to teach me, and then rush into my day focused on my business. I must keep my mind fixed upon Him all day long. I must put my hope in Him, rely upon what He has been teaching me, throughout the day. I’m not really putting my hope in Him if I have the final word on the decisions I have to make today.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will lead me down the right path throughout the day, give me the confidence in You to put my hope in the truth of Your Word, and trust that You will never lead me astray.