Posted on 02.21.2012
Every morning when I wake up, my mind immediately turns to being glad for the day, because the Lord has made it. We are told clearly to rejoice in it and to even be glad (Psalm 118:24). I repeat the verse, whether or not I feel glad, mad or sad. My goal is to live fully in the Truth—to live in the reality of what it means to be a believer—full of faith, focused on the Truth. Jesus is Truth, so my goal is to live in Him.
With that in mind, I often find myself praying the same request usually at the end of my prayer and meditation time. What I end up requesting is my ultimate desire in life. This request, or plea usually erupts at the end because by the end of my time with God, I am crying. It gets very emotional for me, often, when I am with my Saviour. I speak candidly with Him and we get down to the “naked truth” about me. We get real.
My earnest plea is for me to be and do what He wants me to be and to do. I want to be faithful in following Him. My plea is that I walk “in the path of righteousness.” You see, I tell Him, “Lord, You know that I want to do right. I don’t want to do wrong. I don’t need a tragedy to occur in order for me to to wake up see You clearly. I already want to see You clearly and to walk in your ways by living a life that represents You, Jesus! I want have Your mind and to do Your will!” That is a version of what I say to Him.
Our Good Shepherd leads us when we allow Him to lead us. He leads us “in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23). That sounds like He leads us in the path of righteousness” and we will not defame His name. He leads us because we cannot walk that righteous path on our own—we wouldn’t know where to go or how to get there. We wouldn’t even be able to have the Light to see the path because He is the Light. Gee, there is simply no hope of walking down the path of righteousness without Him! In walking down the road of life, we must have direction and purpose, otherwise we are lost! If one is not on the righteous path, then the alternative to the righteous path is a path of death and destruction or the unrighteous path that leads to nowhere. If you are not on either one, you are a “middle-of-the road” traveler. That is not good either, for, you remain lost and end up nowhere. You will be discontent, angry, messed up and will likely blame everyone else for your “loser status.”
I want the path that leads to Life in the Kingdom of God: “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). “All these things” mean everything you need—and you find it in the Kingdom of God.
I wanna go there. Go with me!