Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. ~Psalm 25:4
Paths is plural.
For you I wait all the day long. ~Psalm 25:5c
All day long. Not just the wee hours of the morning.
How often do we relegate our time with God to the recesses of the morning “devotional” time?
We need Jesus all day every day.
- We need Him to give us direction.
- We need Him to teach us His paths.
- We need Him to do the task set before us.
- We need Him to give us on-going strength and wisdom.
- We need Him to guide us and lead us all the way to heaven.
Jesus will not, should not, be relegated to the outskirts – the mere direction giver or traffic director of our lives. He wants to walk with us every step of the way. Teaching us on the paths more about Him.
Throughout the Gospels we read of the disciples walking with Jesus from place to place, town to town.
The disciples walked with Him, ever listening to the Prince teach them of the purposes of God and of His great love. He taught them of God’s wrath and compared and contrasted the hypocrites, sinners, and saints on the dusty paths to towns and villages where Christ was to do the work of His ministry.
The disciples didn’t get directions and say, ‘We’ll meet you there.” They stayed with Jesus, walking, talking, listening, and pondering right alongside Him.
Christianity and all that it entails is not just about getting from point A to point B. It’s not even about doing “God’s work.” It is completely and totally and forever about Jesus.
We are such task-oriented people. At our core, I know we want to glorify God, and we think that this means doing something for Him. But that isn’t His ultimate goal or purpose.
We are created in the image of God, and we are created to glorify Him. To know Him. Walk intimately with Him. All of this got messed up in the garden, but God made a way for His purposes to prevail – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We must walk with Jesus all the day long, not meeting Him at our next crisis. If we are to fulfill our calling and complete the tasks He set aside for us to do, we must dig deeper into His word. It must go further than morning devotional time and Sunday morning service.
We must worship God with our whole day, taking advantage of the season we are in. Milking the mundane for all it is worth. Trusting Him to lead us in all we do. Diving deep into His word and never settling for less than His amazing grace!
You are loved! You already have a place at His side. Take His hand, and walk with Him all of your days.
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