Have you ever been on a dark road at night that you could barely see 2 feet in front of you? Or maybe in a plane flying through thick clouds, wondering how on earth the pilot can tell where he is going? Is not our Christian walk the same? On Gods pathways, it is often hard to see more than the next step we are to take, but if we trust and obey, we will arrive safely home.
There is a very dark narrow road I often take to get home. It has no lights and it is often times very hard to see more than a few feet in front of my car. Now, if I wanted to, I could drive that road without any headlights, because I know that path very well. But would that be smart? Of course not. Although I know the path well, there is always the chance of a stray animal being in the road, a huge pot hole, or even a stranded motorist, whose car or body I could not see. You see while I know the road and know that it leads me home, driving without a light to guide me would be, well, just plain stupid. Much is the same with our daily Christian walk. We know the road and we know it will lead us home, but are we trusting in our own abilities to guide us down the dark narrow road, or are we using the light God has given us to see the next step to take. God gives this light for our own protection. He knows the way better than us and can see the dangers that lie ahead. So why don’t we trust in His guidance? Well, that is a question that only we can answer for ourselves.
Imagine this, you are on an airplane. You have taken a redeye flight to make it home for a special occasion. You look out the window and see thick storm clouds that you are about to fly right into. How on earth is your pilot going to make it through that you wonder? He will never be able to see, he won’t be able to see on coming plans, how high we are or even if we are on the right course. But you see, not only do pilots go through hours and hours of training for these very situations, but they have special instruments to tell them how high they are, how fast they are going, and even a radar screen to tell them what lies ahead, not to mention, an air traffic controller to tell them if they need to change course. Again, much is like our daily Christian walks, we have all the tools to safely reach our destination, but how often do we use them? God has given us His Word to train us, the Holy Spirit to guide us, and Jesus to show us the way. If the pilot in this story was to not use even one of his tools in this situation, he would most likely crash. And the same is true with our walk… If we are not using the tools God has given us, we will surely find ourselves off course, heading in the wrong direction, and most likely, crashing into the sea of sin.
In closing, I urge you my dear friend to trust in not your own understanding, but rather trust in God, who has a pathway for your life. Trust in the fact that He has given you the tools to guide your every step and to safely lead you home. Will you choose to use them or continue on in the dark?
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. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6