Is It God We
Desire, Or A Particular Path To
"Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip" (Psa. 17:5).
If We Seek God Sincerely, We'll Be Willing To
Get To Heaven By Any Path That He Deems Best For Us. But this willingness is not
always easy. When the way home begins to look uncomfortably different from the
path that we've pictured in our minds, the result may be resentment, if not
outright rebellion. At times like these, we must learn to love God for His Own
sake and not insist on any particular set of conditions as we journey toward
The Psalmist prayed: "Direct my
steps by Your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me" (Psa.
119:133). Such a prayer must be our own. And in our higher moments, we know that
this is indeed what we desire: we want God to uphold our steps in His Paths. We
want His wisdom to supersede our own plans and preferences so that the greatest
possible good is accomplished, not only for ourselves but for the world in which
Certainly we must avoid any sort of
demanding attitude toward God. If we have envisioned ourselves living and
serving God within a particular set of circumstances, that my be well and good.
But if life unfolds according to a different pattern, we must still maintain our
reverence. Before we start acting as if our "rights" have been infringed, we
need to do a reality check.
Long-term service to God requires
flexibility, and most of us need to be more flexible in defining what our
possibilities are. The good that God put us here to accomplish can be
accomplished in more ways than we might think. We need to accept that there are
numerous scenarios through which God could be glorified in our lives, and we
must not be so wedded to one or two of these that we can't see the value of
others. Is it not obvious from God's created world that He delights in variety?
Let us not be so short-sighted or attached to "the way we always thought it
would be" that we can't accept something else for the sake of His glory.
-- “My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace. Nor even blessing, but
Himself, my God; Tis His to lead me there, not mine, but His -- At any cost,
dear Lord, by any road!" -- F. Brook.