It’s often said that each of us is on a journey. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that we are all necessarily headed for the same destination. Whether by decision or default, we are all responsible for choosing our steps, and doing so wisely.
Proverbs 16:9 – New American Standard – states, “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
We have freedom of choice; choice to believe, choice to follow, choice to rebel and choice to even ignore. Yet for all of our plans, there are consequences to our choices.
Before each of us is the choice of two paths, and Jesus outlined them succinctly:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
So, if the proverb is correct in saying that the Lord directs our steps, how can it be that we wind up anywhere but the narrow path? Disobedience. We can direct our kids on how they are to behave, yet in many cases they do not obey. We can direct our pets to sit and stay, but without patient and consistent training the odds are they will neither sit nor stay. A philharmonic conductor can direct the symphony, but without complete obedience, his efforts become a sham and a shame.
The Lord has given us direction. We choose, moment by moment, whether we will follow that direction or not. Only by faithfully listening and following will we find our steps to be in tune with the Will of God, and on that path, we MUST be, should we desire to please Him or to seek His face!
New Road will be coming to Thiebaud Auditorium, in Lamar Missouri on February 22nd, 2014, so those of you in the area can get an up-front look at this dynamic Gospel Quartet!