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Please Make A Legal U-Turn As Soon As Possible

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)
 "Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before me."  Psalm 5:8

With all the holiday travel behind us I wonder how many people would say they took the most indirect and meandering way to grandmother's house?  Whether your trip called for you to go over the river and through the woods or down Ventura Highway, I'm sure there was a GPS involved to calculate the quickest route.

Back in the days of the dinosaur when people used an atlas or map to plan their trip I still felt like I had an edge on the other travelers.  My edge of course was my Uncle Jimmy.  Having driven the highways of this country for over 25 years as truck driver I knew I could always get the best directions and the most direct route from him.   When others would offer their opinions on the best way to get to my destination he might say, "You can get there that way, but if you take this route you'll avoid a lot of hassle."

The truth is we all need guidance everyday of our lives.  Some days may present easier decisions than others, but following a straight path will help us avoid wandering off wasting time and energy.

More than likely our text was a morning prayer of David as he was feeling cut off because of his son Absolam's rebellion.  Absolam had stolen the hearts of the people of Israel and under the advice of Ahithophel was doing some pretty raunchy stuff.  Everything Absolam did was intended to harm and humiliate David.

Later in Psalm 5:9 David says of team Absolam, "For there is not truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue."  Nothing these guys were saying could be trusted.  This is why David asks the Lord to lead him to take the right steps in things he was facing.

I wish I could say that my first reaction in confusing and troubling times is to pray, "Lord lead me down your path for my life," but it isn't always.  Often times I'm tempted to listen to the clamoring crowd  or perhaps make a knee jerk reaction rather than get alone with God asking His guidance.  The key is to learn to use Scripture as my guide and plugging into the power of God through prayer to avoid hearing the Holy Spirit say, "You need to make a legal U-turn now!"  I am looking forward to hearing one day, "You have arrived at your destination.  Well done good and faithful servant."

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