October 14 Your Way or God’s Way?

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:129–136

Key verse: Psalm 27:11

Teach me Your way, O Lord,

And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

A father carefully explained the basics of safe driving to his newly licensed son. The boy ignored the message: “Dad, I already know how to drive. There’s nothing you can really tell me.” But a subsequent trip to the grocery store ended with a thud in the parking lot—the result of rear-ending a slow-moving vehicle.

We sometimes operate in the same stubborn manner. We make our plans, do it our way, and tag God onto the end. But since God’s ways are higher—different and better—than ours, we do well to follow His plan of action.

How can you know God’s ways when the path is unclear, the next step tentative at best? The best means to know God’s way is to know His Word. God’s Word expresses His will and character; and the better you know it, the more familiar you are with His ways.

Just as important is to be filled with the Holy Spirit, your Guide for rough ground and Teacher for perplexing circumstances. God is not reluctant to help you in time of need; you simply need to confess your helplessness and sincerely lean your weight on the Holy Spirit’s ability.

Tell God you want to know His way in your situation. Then expect Him to show you. You won’t be disappointed.

God, I want to know Your plan. Show me. Be my Guide through perplexing circumstances.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 301). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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