What a blessing to know there is a right way and someone is willing to lead us in it!
Psalms 107: 1O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
This is very connected to this morning’s message. It was a big move for Abraham and all those with him. There was a lot to move. When we got saved, things became new. It’s like that old song “I’m in a new world since the Lord saved me.” Things just seem right. We always knew something wasn’t quite right; after accepting Jesus we realized what it was. The Lord made it right because he leads in the right way.
Abraham left for a direction he’d never been headed to a place he only knew by the promise of God. It was the right way. He was led by God and as long as he followed the Lord things worked well. When he got in the way, things didn’t go as they should. In this modern day there still exists God, and he always gets things right. A lot of people help us, but no one is as right for us as Jesus. Through accepting Jesus we accepted a person, not just a belief. People believe in many other ways, many other gods, but the grave of Jesus is the only one that is empty. He is alive! The right person is within our reach.
Of all the books in the world, the Bible is still best seller. It’s been confused and diluted yet the Word of God remains. There are all kinds of self-help books by so-called experts. God is expert at all things. We have someone who always gets it right. Through him and his Word we have the right way. We’re allotted our years and many of us have lived a good portion of them. We can live anyway we want, but we cannot live any way we want and get to heaven. It’s a mistake to think we can. Even as the beliefs of the past few decades increase in popularity that you can do it anyway you like and still get to heaven, it doesn’t mean it’s so. The Bible doesn’t hold it up. Man just doesn’t get it right. We come short. Jesus came in the flesh, but he got it right. He never sinned. He overcame. All the way to the cross, the devil tried to mess it up, but Jesus got it right. He laid down his life and took it up again. From conception to resurrection, he got it right. We have that kind of person to trust! He’ll lead us in the right way if we’ll let him.
We must recognize we’re not leaders when it comes to our soul and our spiritual life. We tell God what to do. We give him our list of demands and try to lead him. We can’t do that. Job asked who teaches like him. Can a person outthink God? Are our opinions greater? No. They are not. We’re not leaders, but Jesus is. The only way we’ll get to heaven is to follow the leader—Jesus Christ. There is a clash of wills over control of our life. We must follow him. We can’t serve sin, the devil, and God at the same time. We can’t have sin on a leash or steer the devil. It steers us. As fallen human beings we have a nature to follow. If we try to lead our life on our own, we’ll get in worse shape as time goes on. Have you struck out on your own trying to lead yourself? It’s best to let go and follow God. On our own we can’t do it. God has what it takes to get us to heaven. We have hope of seeing our loved ones and friends who have gone on. They made it to heaven by following the Lord. We’ll meet them if we follow him too.
God will lead us forth. That means forward. Jeremiah said to ask for the old paths and walk in them. Stop trying to get the Lord to follow your lead. Let him lead you. Only he has it right. Only he can lead us home. We must believe that and follow his voice. He’ll guide us and teach us the way. Deuteronomy 32 gives us these verses about Jacob. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. He’ll do the same for us.
Isaiah 46:4 says and even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. The Lord is here to lead us in our young age, our middle age and our old age. He’ll carry us. He’ll deliver us. What better leader could we ask for?
Can we do a better job at leading our own life than God? Is God enough? Is the Bible enough? Is church enough? There is one thing for sure. God doesn’t need our help, but we do need his. Keep reminding yourself that you must keep God as leader and yourself as the follower. There is no shame in following him. It brings a feeling of rightness. That’s why verse 8 says Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. He’s leading us. O that we’d fall in line and follow him.