November 18 Devotional

Show me Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths.  Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: For Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5).  Lord, show me … teach me … lead me … teach me … Is this your heart’s desire today?  Are you sitting at the feet of your Savior asking for direction today?  Or, have you already made your list of plans for the day and you are expecting God to fit in to what you have in mind for your life?  If you are normal, you have done the second thing.  If you are walking with God, you have done the first.


Obviously, the first plan is the best plan.  Why not stop what you’re doing right now and ask God to show you what He wants for your life today?  We often look so far into the future that we miss what God had for us for this day.  We are so consumed with what we will become, and where we will go that we don’t accomplish the will of God He has given us for this day.  The Bible clearly teaches that our lives are like a vapor … we see it for a very brief time, and then it is gone.  Ask God to show you what He wants you to do with your life today.


Ask the Lord to teach you all throughout this day.  Ask Him to help your heart to be open to His plan for you.  Keep your eyes open for the lessons God has for you today.  If your heart is eager to learn, you will improve.  If you think you already have all the answers … you’re stuck with what you presently know.  The person that is continually learning is continually growing and making themselves more valuable in the end.  Don’t miss the learning opportunities God will place in front of you today.


Ask the Lord to lead and guide your steps throughout the pitfalls that await you today.  Just like the character, “Christian” in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, there will be many distractions today for you to follow rather than the will of God.  Stay firmly focused on the hand of the Master, so He can easily and quickly move your heart to what you need to be doing.  Again, ask God to guard your steps so you avoid any wrong moves.


The last part of these verses contains what might be the hardest of all these things … wait on God for the answers to your challenges.  We love to run ahead and see what’s in front of us … wait.  We want to know what is one year and five years ahead.  God wants us to wait for Him to open and close doors.  He wants us to be totally dependent upon Him.  Here is where the ultimate victory comes.  Trust your God today, and wait for His salvation!  It is just ahead of you!