“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
THOUGHTS from the PATH ~
I was walking the antiquated stone paths in Corinne’s Garden this morning. I would like to think they have stories to tell; the young and the old, the good and the bad, the hurts and the healings they have looked upon. I loved the Wizard of Oz – especially the “yellow brick road”. It was to lead Dorothy and her friends to good things, (“a course of action that a person takes believing that it will lead to good things.(http://www.google.com) We all love good things ~ of course we do. In reality the Jesus follower’s life is just as challenging as a non-believer. The comforting difference is that we know for sure that “the Holy Spirit delights in coming alongside us as our comforting counselor to remove or administer strength for the difficult situations as well as the “good things” (Intimacy with God; Drawing Ever Closer to the Almighty. Dr. Benjamin A. Sawatsky. Book Villages 2011). The garden is welcoming fall to my prairie and as I walk these leaf strewn paths Psalm 25:4 comes to mind, “Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.”(NASB) Then I recall Psalm 119:35, “Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.” (NIV)
STAYING IN STEP WITH JESUS
These are verses you can pray as you walk down your country road, winding through your neighborhood, following walking trails or just around your yard or home. God’s presence is with you and He loves to hear you praying His word back to Him. Try It!
Proverbs 2:20, ”So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.” (ESV)
Psalm 81:13, “Oh that My people would listen to Me. That Israel (all people today) would walk in My ways! (ESV)
Ephesians 5:2, “and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” (NIV)
So often we neglect what God has to show us in His Old Testament, but the examples and Godly solutions are every bit as relevant as they were then.
Jeremiah 18:15, “For My people have forgotten Me, they burn incense to worthless gods and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths, Not on a highway.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 6:16 has this to say: ”Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls; but they said, “We will not walk in it.’” (NASB)
(Please read this entire chapter to see who God was speaking to through the prophet.)
Pull these verses up on your phone. Record them so you might listen as you walk. A small card is always a handy tool; be creative – you and your walking partner can share a verse. You and your children can enjoy this way of learning God’s word. There are so many ways to “hide God’s word in your heart”. Can you pray back this verse to God in truth? Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”