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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Where He Leads, I Will Follow
Traditionally, June is the month for graduation and
weddings, each individual or couple setting out on a new experience. The high
school graduate out from under the rule and reign of mom and dad can, if they
so choose, get a job and move out on their own. Some will work through the
summer to save money for the new adventure of college. On the other hand, marriage is also a new
frontier. Most have only observed marriage, whether modeled in the home or on
television. Still, they all set out on this journey into the unknown.
So, what might you be attempting this summer that you
have never done before, or what would you like to do, but are fearful?
Think of the Israelites. After a life of slavery and
then wandering forty years in the wilderness, they were poised and ready to
enter a new land, build homes and settle down, something they had never done
before. However, they first had to cross the overflowing Jordan River.
This task seemed insurmountable considering the mighty,
rushing water. Still, some were excited for their new life, some apprehensive,
but most felt fearful. They had many questions. How do we cross? What will
happen once we cross? Which way do we go, right, left, or straight? How far do
we travel into the land? Are hostile armies
waiting to attack? All good questions for which even Joshua had no answers.
Then God, through Joshua, sent word for the people to
prepare. “When you see the ark of the
covenant of the Lord
your God…then you shall set out from your place and go after it…that
you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way
before.” (Joshua 3:3-4).
See, Israel did not have to know how or which way to
go. They only had to follow the Lord.
Just like us, we may think we know what is up ahead,
but do we? Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s
heart may plan his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
And Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs, “Trust
in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways acknowledgeHim, and He shall direct your paths.”
In John 10, Jesus reveals He is the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23.
The Good Shepherd’s sheep know Him, they hear His voice, and He calls each by name. The
Good Shepherd goes
before them and His sheep follow, for they know His voice.
For us, any new adventure whether it is heading off to
college, into the workforce for the very first time, a new marriage, baby, job,
or even a new city, is a way we have not passed before. As true, obedient
believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, when we stand on the banks of our
overflowing river, we gain comfort from knowing He goes before us. As long as
we keep our eyes fixed on Him and follow, we will know which way to go.W