September 18 Devotional

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).


I really needed these verses today.  It feels like I have been messing up, more than doing what’s right lately.  Has that ever happened to you?  After all, I am always telling someone else how to live for God, and how to do what’s right … then I look at my own walk, and I realize that I have a long way to go to become a godly man.  That is my number one goal in life … to walk with God in a way that will bless and challenge others.  However, preaching about it and living it are two different things.


I remember the frustration I felt as a teenager when I would go forward at the end of a church service to fully commit a part of my life to God, and then struggle in the days following to actually do what I had committed.  Nothing much has changed to this point.  I still am frustrated with how little effort I seem to give to living out the principles of the Word of God in my daily life.  God always brings verses along like these today that bring me back to reality.  The reality is that none of us is good enough to walk with God on our own.  We desperately need His help!  We need His daily guidance and help to get us back on track again and again.


I am so thankful to God that when I wander into the “wilderness” and “desert” areas of my Christian walk that He is there to pull me back to Himself.  He actually “makes a way” … I picture the father/mother clearing a path for that child that is just learning to walk.  I can just see God moving things that He knows would hinder my walk with Him so that I can find the paths He has for me for each day.  How good is that?!


I’ve got to do my part in this process of finding new paths in the wilderness and deserts of my life.  I need to close off the failures of the past.  That means I need to seek forgiveness for sins of the past.  I need then to repent and turn my back on those sins.  It also means that I need to remove the power of influence those sins of my past want to hold on the steps I will take for the future.  I want to forget the things that are behind me so I can clearly see the paths in the deserts in front of me.  Don’t give up today!  God is still able to clear a path for your steps.  Look for His guiding hand!


God almost never calls His people to a fair fight.” – George Otis