The Unseen Path

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

August 7, 2023

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Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Think

Navigating life without guidance can feel like piloting a ship through a dense fog without a compass. You might feel adrift, uncertain, or even entirely off course. In our everyday existence, we often fall back on our instincts, perceptions, and understanding—our internal compass. Yet these tools can be misleading, taking us down paths that seem right but lead to confusion.

Proverbs 3:5-6 presents an alternative to this unreliable navigation. It encourages us to relinquish our control, and trust in the wisdom of the Lord, which is like a flawless navigational system that comprehends every aspect of our journey. This divine GPS knows every turn, obstacle, and opportunity for growth, joy, and fulfillment.

However, embracing this guidance will require full surrender. We must recognize the limitations of our insights and place our faith in God's all-knowing wisdom. Our personal maps may be outdated; our judgment may be clouded; but God's guidance is ever-present, accurate, and purposeful.

God's role in our lives isn't passive; he's an active guide, smoothing the path, removing needless detours and barriers, and leading us not only to the destinations we desire but also to the places he has specifically chosen for us—places that hold unbelievable growth and blessing. His guidance isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. It's personalized navigation, specifically designed for each individual, steering us through the unique journey mapped out for our lives.

Apply

Are there areas in your life where you feel lost or off course? Consider what surrendering control might look like and seek God's guidance in those situations. Identify one specific area today where you can actively trust the Lord, allowing his wisdom to guide you through the unique path he has laid out for you.

Pray

Father, I recognize my tendency to lean on my understanding and acknowledge that my perspective is limited. Help me fully trust your wisdom, guidance, and plan for my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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