Christianity is all about listening–and following. Getting to know our Guide is key as we travel life’s dark road.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Proverbs 18:13 He who answers [acts] before listening—that is his folly and his shame.
Imagine being on a dark road at night. It’s overcast and hilly; the area is semi-arid and fraught with danger from snakes and cliffs. Never fear: Jesus travels with us! He has a lantern (a lamp) that shines around us. The problem is that the light only extends a few feet; we must stay close to Him in order to see where to step.
If we get ahead of Him or lag behind Him or wander too far to the left or right of Him, we can’t see what is out there; the further into the dark we go, the harder it is to hear His voice. The best thing to do is to stay close to Him, walking where He walks and doing as He commands.
Granted, Jesus is always with us, so the analogy breaks down at that point, but the concept is accurate in that we CAN quench the Spirit by ignoring His leadership. We can lose the distinctiveness of His voice in the cacophony of other voices (the hope-nots) that are vying for our attention.
How do we stay close to His side, listening for His voice? The first “step” is prayer. Acknowledge Him with you now and pledge your life to Him today.
The next step is to read His Word. He has ALREADY spoken; “Find out what pleases Him.” (Eph. 5:10).
The third and succeeding steps are obedience to His leadership. Each step is taken according to His gentle guidance and loving direction. Stay close; the trail gets dangerous!
“Footprints In the Sand”