Tag Archives: God’s direction

July 24 – Going My Way?

Isaiah 28-30

Life is a challenge. It can be confusing and hard. It can be lonely and scary. Sometimes we live on a mountaintop with everything we need. And sometimes we live in a valley, destitute.

Where is God in all of this? Isaiah says in 30:18:

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you. And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for him.

Did you catch that? God’s longing is to be gracious to you. Full of grace. It is that grace that offers you forgiveness from sin through the blood of Jesus. It’s that grace that firmly plants the Holy Spirit in your heart, that has Jesus walking with you to guide you, that allows God to be your father, wrapping His arms around you.

God wants to rejoice with you on the mountain top, and be your strength in the valley. Isaiah goes on to tell us:

Whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” (30:21)

Our gracious God wants to lead us, to direct our path, to be a light to our way. If we listen for His voice by reading His Word and praying, we’ll hear Him ask us, “Going my way?”

My answer is yes!

April 5 – It’s Insane

Judges 16-18

Isn’t the definition of “insanity” said to be doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome? I think Samson was insane.

Three time Delilah tried to get him to tell her what made him so strong. Three times Samson told a lie. And all three times Delilah went to Samson’s enemies and set up an ambush. Three times.

So why – WHY – would Samson think that on the fourth time, he could tell Delilah the truth and she wouldn’t go to his enemies with that information? It’s insane.

But, as He¬†does whenever I read His Word, God is asking me to check myself. Haven’t there been times I’ve wanted something, but God clearly closes the door? Haven’t I been known to try again and again to get what it was I wanted, only to have the door slammed in my face each time? Did I think the door would¬†somehow open when it hadn’t so many times before?

Have you ever wanted someone to love you, but they clearly weren’t interested? Have you tried and tried to get their attention, only to be sadly disappointed every time? Yet something tells you it’ll be different next time.

After reading about Samson today, I realize I want to be more sensitive to God’s nudges, and his outright denial of what I think I want. I want to recognize the signs. If God closes a door, I want to trust Him enough to walk away and look for an open door somewhere else.

I don’t want to read about Samson and think, “that man was insane” without doing a sanity check on my own life.

God, help me read the signs you so clearly put in my path. Help me make decisions based on those nudges that come from You, my loving Father.