A View of the Guiding Light in a World of Darkness is a weekly devotional that seeks to apply Biblical principles to our everyday lives, written by inspirational speaker and writer, Jeremy Curry.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
This past weekend, as a spontaneous decision, my wife and I decided to take a road trip for the day. It’s fall and the leaves are turning beautiful colors of red, yellow, and gold. The cool, crisp air surrounded us as we took in all that creation had to offer. Without knowing exactly how to get there, we decided to go to an apple orchard about a hundred miles away. So, we got out the GPS, punched in the address, and followed the audible directions faithfully. As we were driving along, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere driving down a dirt road with little or no cell phone service. Houses were almost non-existent as we passed the seemingly endless acres of soybean and corn fields. We didn’t know where we were going because we had never been there before, but we knew our GPS wouldn’t let us down. When we nearly thought we were lost, all of a sudden, the orchard appeared out of nowhere.
Ever find yourself at a place in life where it seems like you either don’t know if you are on the right path or you aren’t sure which direction to go when you reach a fork in the road? Or maybe you are completely lost and just aren’t sure where to go at all? As much as we may all want it to be, life isn’t as simple as punching in an address on a GPS.
How do you know where to go? God speaks to us in many ways. He can lead us to the right place through circumstances or other people in our lives. We can read His Word and learn what God tells us in regards to His direction. He can even lead us through the Holy Spirit. But, there is something that we often forget to think about . . . the voice in your head. Not the voices you might hear if you were a schizophrenic, but our conscience. All of us are born with it, and it begins affecting us even while we are small children. It can make us feel guilty and it can tell us when we do right or when we do wrong. They are the thoughts that enter into our mind to help us make the right decisions. In essence, it is our connection to God.
The conscience is among one of the many ways God speaks to us. He uses it as a tool for constant communication. To listen to God and to understand Him, we must have faith as we read in the passage for this week. We must believe He exists and we must believe that He rewards us when we seek Him. For when we seek God’s will through our conscience, we are doing what we know is right because we want to please our Father. Going against His will for our lives will create a sense of restlessness just as going forward in faith will give us peace.
So, what direction should you go? Are you lost at this very moment? First, take the time to pray. Read through God’s holy Word. Renew your mind through these things and listen to your conscience. As you do, you will be able to understand God’s will for you. It may not happen immediately, but God will become your GPS. He will give you direction that you will not question. For His will is “good, pleasing, and perfect.”
Father, give us clear direction and guidance. For those of us who are lost or in conflict regarding where we should go, we ask that you make our faith strong and provide us with the right path. Light the correct path with all that You are. When we are asked to wait while you clear the path ahead of us, give us fulfillment in our hearts and minds as we wait until you are ready for us to proceed. We love you, Father and we ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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