Lately I've been thinking a lot about my future, and what I'm going to do with my life. There's a never ending list of different things I could do, a million different branches off this road that I have to choose from.
It all comes down to this question: which one is the right one? I know there is a right path, the one that God would have me to follow... but exactly how am I supposed to figure out which one out of the millions is the right path for me?
"Let all thy ways be established."
Tells me that no matter what path I end up on, I need to have integrity. Maybe this seems like a simplistic thing, but I've noticed in my own life, it's really easy to follow God until you reach your goal, and then somehow conveniently forget how you got there, and just get too busy with whatever it is. Well, part of having integrity is going to be continuing to take captive every thought, and live every day to the glory of God.
With God's word light my path, I can avoid the things I would stumble upon all together! Of course, I can't have this guidance without actually reading God's word, every day. This ties in with the last point about integrity. God's word needs to be a consistent lamp to light my way, otherwise it won't do me much good. He is with me all the time, consistently light my footpath with each step I take. I'd like to phrase this one as:
"[God's word] is a light unto my path."
This tells me that God's help is not limited to my immediate circumstances, but he can light my entire path! He not only can reveal the roots I might trip on, but He also lights up the entire path, so I can see the big warning signs too! God can help me in the present, and in the future! He is not confined to one or the other.
I'm labeling this one:
"I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word."
"Thy word I have hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out.
I need to make a conscientious effort to put in what is Godly, so I'll have a Godly worldview.
Godly In, Godly Out.
That's what that verse in Proverbs 4 is saying, (paraphrasing here) what you put into your heart, is what will come out.
- Ponder them, scrutinize them. Use God's word as a microscope. How will your choice effect you now, and how will it effect your future?
- Don't hang God out to dry once you've gotten to where you think you need to be. He is vital in your survival!
- If you use God's word as a lamp to light your footpath, you wont be so prone to tripping on things you can't see -- you'll be able to see them!
- Don't focus too much on watching your feet (don't give up on it, either!), you also need to see the big picture. God can light your entire path, He can light up the sings alone the side of the path that will warn you of danger ahead.
- God may not give you a direct answer to your life questions, but if you hide His word in your heart, His precepts and values will help you make those decisions.