January 29, 2014

Hidden Paths

“… He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:3 (NIV) 

Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—

a pathway no one knew was there!”

Psalm 77:19 (NLT) 

The adventure of faith is in not knowing where you are going until you get there. The Bible says that Christ followers are to walk by faith and not by sight! Try it! I would imagine that most of us couldn’t walk through our own homes with our eyes closed without bumping into something. We depend on our sight to see where we are going and to avoid stumbling. Our sight keeps us on track. God designed us that way in the physical world. But, to walk by faith requires spiritual insight. That means we must depend more on God than our physical senses. Sometimes we just can’t see the path God has for us until we step out in faith. We can trust our Good Shepherd to guide us along the right paths even when we can’t see the path before us because His name is at stake. David must have taught his son, Solomon, this truth. In Proverbs 3:5-6 Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” The Bible is full of examples of men and women who walked by faith even when it seemed so counterintuitive. Faith is not irrational. Faith is supra-rational. It doesn’t go against reason. Faith goes beyond reason. Reason operates on the basis of assumption and knowledge. Faith operates on the basis of revelation and trust.  One great example of this was when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. God called him, and he was obedient to the call. The exodus from Egypt was nothing short of miraculous. Everything seemed to be going quite well until God directed them toward the Red Sea. It was there that their faith was tested. They thought they were at a dead end! There appeared to be no path before them. They had no place to go! If they had relied on their own understanding, they would have retreated in surrender to the Egyptian army chasing after them. This is where faith became an adventure for them! The psalmist recalls the story in a psalm of praise as he finds courage for his own soul in what God did for His people then – “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there!” I love that part of the verse that says, “… a pathway no one knew was there!” Wow! What an adventure of faith! God has a plan and a path for you, my friend. You may not see it. It may be hidden to you now. I’ve discovered that the path is often hidden until we start the journey! Start living for Christ. Open your heart and mind to Him daily in His Word. Let His Word be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. It will give you spiritual insight to guide you through the hidden paths you would not otherwise see.