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Monday's Ministry Morsel

Psalm 25:4-5 say, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I will wait all the day."

Some are more easily directed than others because some are more open to asking for direction and heeding those directions. In this text, God is portrayed as our source of direction for travel down the road of life. That requires that we ask from Him and wait on Him to guide us. To ignore His counsel or refuse to wait on His directive is to make choices that lead us astray from His will and away from His presence. I once read--"People are free to make their own choices in life but people are not free from the consequences of the choices each one makes."

All of us at one point or another have been lost on the road of life and in desperate need of direction. We need help getting back to the road that leads to the intended destination. Roads, paths, or even trails are designed to make our travels worthwhile and more enjoyable. Therefore, it is important that we choose the right path if we hope to arrive at the desired destination. Simply put, you and I can't get to Denver, CO traveling on a road that the road map says leads to Orlando, FL without a change of direction, a detour or two and a bit more time in travel.

As Dr. William Rice, (Calvary Church in Clearwater, FL) states, "When you choose a path, you aren't just making a choice; you are setting a course. You aren't just making a decision; you are determining a destination. It's the principle of the path: where you're going determines where you will end up."

It is one thing to get lost on the path. It's quite another to remain lost because of an unwillingness to stop, consult the road map of life (God's Word) and decide to turn around.

Just one wrong turn or a decision to take a short cut can lead to a lot of delay on the path of life. It's a detour that is promised to more difficult to navigate and one that is seldom if ever smooth for any length of time. That is why it is important to take the necessary time on any given day to turn toward God in prayer and ask for direction. The Lord is eager to show You the way--the way He, Himself has walked and is willing to lead you in until you reach His desired destination. He will never lead you off the path that leads you away from His perfect plan for your life.

Be willing to wait for His direction and walk in the very center of His designed path everyday. You will find the journey much more fulfilling!!

If you're on the wrong path today; (and no one needs to point that out because God already has) if you find yourself off the path He has laid out for you, turn around in repentance and He will guide you back and govern your progress as you wait on Him and walk with Him.

May the Lord bless His desired work in each of us over the course of the next few weeks. May we each and every one benefit from it and bless others along the way!

Beginning this Sunday, I will be out of the pulpit and away from the office for a few weeks on a new journey of God's design. It's definitely not a detour, but rather a designed change of direction that takes me farther from you for a few weeks, yet closer to Him and His desired destination in my continuing journey with Jesus. I w

ill see you at the rendezvous point in a few weeks. Meanwhile, along your journey with Jesus, make sure to steer clear of any detours that lead you 'off' the blessed path of abundant life!

God's best,

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58