Lost? Follow Me, He says.

Psalms 31:3-5:  You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

How many times have we wondered about which way we should go, which fork in the road we should take, about the right direction to travel? How many times have we gone our own way ignoring the guidance of God? We may have pushed through our thoughts, will, and perception of the way we thought it should be? How many times has it turned out to be a near disaster when we did that?

Many times, it is a disaster when we make a decision in our human mind without envisioning the larger picture that only God can see.

But if we pray to God and say, “God, please show me the way I should go, the decision I should make,” God is infallible and works with perfection, each and every time.

.In 1492, Columbus set out for the Orient, and he ended up in the Caribbean. And thus set a pattern that has continued for over 500 years. Men still don’t ask for directions. We can smile at that, but many of us become easily confused at the direction we are heading.

Many times, our lives are like a giant maze, and we need to figure out that maze so we can make the right turn and lessen our struggle. The guidance of God is the sure way of getting that direction within that maze of life.

Now follow this –
When we allow God to be our leader, our manager, our supervisor,   then the navigation, the control, and the escort is on the right path We can depend on the lead because we can depend on the leader. Our directions are on the bulls eye.

You do not have to go anywhere to get guidance or directions. We have it all the time. Right now, you are immersed in the guidance of God. You have it at your fingertips, but closer. You have it with you. It can be called upon. It can be realized, and you can become aware of it.

Psalms 31:3-5 as is our opening scripture speaks our promise.: You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

For us to remain safe, not getting lost (physically and spiritually), God is like a fortress around us to keep us on the right path, to have the correct map and instructions. Have you ever been going along in your life and all of a sudden, you feel like you are trapped, so very lost? You don’t know how to get out. You push, pull, and struggle. The more you struggle, the more lost you become. Perhaps it is a health challenge. Maybe it is a financial burden of some kind. The problem may appear so overwhelming you don’t know how you would ever get back on the right track. You don’t know how you can keep going for another day. That certainly feels like being totally lost, doesn’t it?

To have a faith when you are lost, know you have God with you, within you. Know you have the power to get the right directions. You are not trapped; you are free. You don’t know how – not with your five senses, not with your eyes and your ears. There is an inner knowledge that flows in and through you that shares with you how to go past the net. It is flawless. God will show you the way.

And God has gifted us with the presence of Jesus Christ. It is the overall view and the bigger picture, contacted flawlessly through prayer and meditation. Prayer is like a telephone booth. When you go in and close the door, the light will come on.

Here is a metaphor about directions.
High on a hill in a Midwestern town stands an old post office. The building just happens to be situated so that rain, falling on one side of the roof, flows down the hill into a stream, which joins a river that empties into the Great Lakes, and on into the Atlantic Ocean. Rain falling on the opposite side of the roof travels by way of a small brook into the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and on into the Gulf of Mexico. So tenuous is the position of a raindrop over this post office that the slightest breath of wind will determine the direction of its fate!

Do you ever have the feeling that your own fate is waiting to be determined by a small gust of wind or something so slight that your whole life could go in a different direction? Have you ever felt suspended tenuously between two choices and wished some gentle breeze would come along and make the decision for you?

Often our options seem equal to our human mind. The Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean – either choice would seem favorable to a raindrop. Our choices, too, can offer equal advantages or disadvantages. If we pray for guidance, we will have not JUST the human view which doesn’t know the answer, but we will have the higher overall BIGGER view.

We say, “What should I do, God? Give me a sign. Give me some kind of answer so I can know which way to go in my life.” Like two raindrops headed to the post office roof, we’re looking for a gust of wind to make the decision for us.

Do you need greater order in your life? God will show you the way. Do you need to feel peace and harmony in your life? God will show you the way. Regardless of the difficulty, God will show you the way.

God’s great assurance is always available to you, all the time. It is as available to you in equal measure, as it is available to me, for every good purpose in your life, in my life, and every believer’s life.

If you are facing a problem, if you are lost and don’t know which way to turn, “God will show me the way.” As long as you listen inside, you will know the way. You can ask for the specific guidance you need. You say, “Here I am, God. I need to know how to do this and I need to know how to do it well.” Then you become still and listen. Be still, and know that I am God!  (Psalms 46:10)

Often when we pray, we talk and talk. God cannot get the answers because we are talking so much. “Oh, God, please save me from this.”  We are worrying and fretting. We need to become still, rise higher and then move ahead, knowing God will show you the way. Often we wait for the entire picture to be given to us. If you look back at many areas of your life, you could not have comprehended the entire picture of how God would guide you. If God gave you or me the entire picture immediately, we would cast it off as being impossible. Nothing that good could ever happen. It has to be at the level we can accept, which is very low. Often, guidance comes step-by-step. Often, we are shown only how to take the next step.

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So, stop talking and start listening. The Truth will show you the way and set you free.  Be willing to follow as God guides. Be willing to go the extra mile. God will show you how to deal with every demand you have in your life. There is nothing beyond God – because God is bigger than your problems.

If you feel you are in a maze right now, the only sure guide, the only infallible guide is the inspiration of God. What you need will be provided when you need it.

*In Isaiah 42:16 the promise is given:  I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them.

There are four requirements for receiving inner guidance, direction, from God.

1. Release

You may be lost and you have thought a lot about it. You have some ideas of how to get back on the right track. At some level, you think nobody is going to change you. We must admit we often have been so willful on some things that we were going to push our way no matter what.

Yes, we might have fallen into the pit of near disaster; we have been lost. We must be willing to release our own thoughts, which is not always easy. You have to be willing to say, “OK,” even though you feel like you are totally lost with no GPA to help you get where you need to go.

2. Peace – to have an infilling of peace.

The mind is like a fist. If you are so gripped up, so tight, and so nervous about what you are facing, you are filled with fear, you cannot grasp anything. Your hands can not guide you in the direction you want to go. . You need to become peaceful, breathe deeply which is the result of prayer and meditation. Then your hands relax and you can easily hold the wheel and turn it..

3. Openness – Don’t be so stubborn that you refuse to listen or even look at the direction you need to take. You – we – can be and should be open to all the opportunities available to get on the right track.

4. Trust

In Hosea 11:4, God’s guidance is addressed. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them. When you are first learning to totally and completely trust God in your life, it is sometimes it is a bit scary to the human mind. God is loving and wonderful; yet when we are out there, it is scary.

Romans 8:14-15 says: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. We did NOT receive a spirit of being lost or a spirit of entrapment to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.What a loving thought..

When you are dealing with a problem and you feel alone, even if you are with your family or your friends, you feel stripped and defenseless. You are all alone; and all of a sudden, you have a spirit of adoption of God.

God has also adopted your problem. “. . . When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. In fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with
him.” (Romans 8:15-18)

Let us pray

 

For every person who feels lost and needs the directions to get back on track, I pray this is the day you will make an appointment with God. Every day, you will make a commitment to keep that appointment – to sit in the silence of prayer, to listen, and to be willing to release what is in your human mind. Be willing to have a great peace flood over you. With openness of mind, you accept that which God gives you and you move forward with a tremendous trust of God, in God, and through God. Thank You, in advance, God, for the guidance given to each person needing it now or in the future.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

God bless you!

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