Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 31:6-8
Focus Scripture: And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV)
A few months ago I went on vacation to Central America. While I was there, I had the opportunity to hike Pacaya Volcano, an active volcano in Guatemala. I have never experienced anything so mentally and physically difficult in my life.
As we were going through the trail that was filled with volcano ashes, in some areas it became VERY difficult to climb. It was as if you where consistently walking up steep stairs. Imagine working out at the gym on a stair master that’s filled with sand. So every time you take another step, you sink farther in the sand, having to lift your legs higher. As if the incline of the volcano wasn’t enough of a challenge.
Since our guide took this trip at least three times a week, he wasn’t having any problems navigating the journey. He knew every turn, trail and path to take. It wasn’t until we were about two-thirds of the way up that we realized the hike was easier if we stepped in the exact footsteps of our guide. He had already paved the way for us and we just needed to step directly in his footsteps and follow his exact path. Doing this didn’t relieve us of all difficulty, but it did offer some assistance. We didn’t have to stop as often to rest like we had earlier in the hike.
Isn’t this the way we should approach our journey in following Christ? So many times we want to pave our own way and create our own path, not realizing how much more difficult we are making things for ourselves. The word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path according to Psalm119:105. It is important that we use it as a guide on our daily walk with Christ. When we make up in our minds that we will follow in Christ’s footsteps, although our heart my plan our ways, the Lord will establish our steps, Proverbs 16:9.
Prayer: Almighty God, my Shepherd and King. Thank You for holding fast to Your promise of never leaving me or forsaking me but always leading me in the path of righteousness. I admit that sometimes I make things difficult for myself by not following Your leading, please forgive me. Sometimes this journey can get tough, but help me to remember that You go before me, preparing the way. And because of this I don’t have to worry or fear or try to figure it out. All I have to do is follow. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!