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G.K. Chesterton was a famous English writer. He is held in high esteem for his poetry, respected for his work as a journalist and his works in philosophy. He was once named by Time magazine as a "man of colossal genius."
Once, while traveling on a train, he became so engrossed in the book he was reading that he forgot his destination. As the train made its last stop, the conductor went to him and said, "Sir, this is the end of the line."
He frantically searched his pockets for his ticket but could not find it. Not being able to find it, he looked bewildered and confused. Sensing his predicament, the conductor asked, "Where were you going?"
After a lengthy pause he said to the conductor, "I can't remember. I'll have to phone my wife and ask her."
The writer of Psalm 80 recognized that the children of Israel had abandoned their relationship with God. With a heavy heart he prayed, "Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us that we may be saved." Realizing that they were going in the wrong direction he asked God to "restore them and save them." And He did!
Throughout history, from the dawn of Creation until this very moment, God has never abandoned anyone. It is always the other way around: we have abandoned Him.
A mother received a letter from her son in prison. In his despair he wrote her and said that he got into trouble because God had abandoned him. With a heart filled with love and sadness she wrote, "Son, if you do not feel the closeness of God it is because you have left Him."
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for Your promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us – no matter what! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 80:3 Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
It was the end of our summer break and my roommate and I were returning for our final year in seminary.
After driving several miles I asked, “Fritz, why is the sun shining in our eyes when we are supposed to be going west?”
Suddenly he realized that instead of turning right at the end of our driveway, he had turned left and we were going east and not west. Realizing our mistake, we laughed at ourselves, turned the car around and headed in the right direction.
No one can travel in the wrong direction and expect to reach the right destination. A wise Psalmist once wrote, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine on us so that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.”
God has made His ways known through Jesus Christ, His Son who said, “I am the way!” Every person on earth is going “somewhere” but if they refuse His “where” they will end up “nowhere” and spend eternity in hell.
Some of those we know are traveling the “Religion Roadway.” They have respect for what is sacred but have not accepted God’s Son as their Savior and made Him their Lord. They are depending on “something” to get them “somewhere” in life but do not know that there is “Someone” who can save them and give them eternal life.
Everyone we know is on their way going somewhere depending on something to get them some place. But it is our responsibility to show them the right way – His way!
Prayer: Father, may we accept our responsibility as Your disciples to present the right “Way” to those who are lost. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 67:1, 2 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. 
A tourist became lost on the back roads of Alabama. There were no signs to point him in any direction and the dirt roads seemed endless.
His heart leaped for joy when he saw an old farmer sitting on a fence nibbling on a piece of straw. After explaining his dilemma, the farmer paused, shook his head knowingly, and then gave him a set of explicit directions. After thanking the farmer for being gracious and helpful, he drove down the road filled with confidence.
Thirty minutes later the tourist, after following the directions with great care, found himself back where he began with the farmer still sitting on the fence with the straw between his lips.
Angrily the tourist said, “What’s the big idea? I did what you told me to do and look where I ended up!”
“Well,” said the farmer, “I didn’t want to waste my time telling you how to get to Montgomery until I knew whether or not you were able to follow directions.”
When a disciple asked Jesus for directions to His Father’s house, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me!” Jesus was very clear when He described the path for salvation and to eternal life. There can never be any misunderstanding about such an important question if we follow the teachings of Jesus.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, that You have made the answer to life’s most important question so clear and with it the promise of eternal life with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 14:1-6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
A well-respected theologian was leaving London for a lecture series in another city. As he sat looking out the window, the conductor asked for his ticket.

Searching frantically through his pockets, he discovered that he had lost it.

Wanting to be helpful, the conductor said, “It’s all right. Don’t worry.”

“No, it’s not all right,” said the passenger. “I don’t know where I’m going.”

Many have the same problem. They start on life’s journey not knowing where they are going or where or when it will end. Someone once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
Not David. He knew where to find directions. In Psalm 25 he said, “Show me the path I should walk, O Lord, point out the right road for me to follow.”

With all of his knowledge and wisdom, success and power, David still looked to the Lord for direction. He constantly looked to God for guidance no matter where he was or what he was doing. How wise!

If it was important for David to do this, how much more so for us. He realized that he needed God’s guidance. He discovered it by meditating on His Word, going to Him in prayer and listening for His voice. Instead of demanding answers, he waited for directions.

Prayer: We pray, Father, that we will look to You to lead us and guide us in paths of righteousness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 25:1-5 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.


Fact filled decisions bring stability to one’s life. All too often, however, decisions are made for the moment. They are based on convenience or what is most acceptable with my friends or what will cause the least conflict.

Never mind whether or not it is the truth, decent, law-agreeing or God-honoring. As long as there will be no ripples or difficulties for anyone, no feathers rumpled or people threatened, “if it feels good – go with it. But, don’t let it cause any trouble to anyone.”

Living a life that has no principles rarely has any purpose. To try to be all things to all people and have no direction or goal does no good. It’s like a ship with no rudder or compass. Where the ship ends up may or may not be where it was charted to go. But, it got “there.”

The Psalmist had some strong words for people with no purpose. He made no apology for those who were unwilling to take a stand: “I hate double-minded people, but I love Your law!”

Double-minded persons are those who are more concerned with popularity than with truth. The Apostle James said that the “double-minded person is unstable in all his ways.” But a person who loves God’s laws and is obedient to it is a person who is straight forward, trustworthy and absolute. The Word of God will lead us to a place in life where we will acknowledge that God is our refuge and shield and in His Word we find eternal life.

It is God’s Word that enables us to be bold and to be a people who are single-minded. God’s Word brings truth.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to accept the wisdom of Your Word and to become a people who speak with integrity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.
G.K. Chesterton was a famous English writer. He is held in high esteem for his poetry, respected for his work as a journalist and his works in philosophy. He was once named by Time magazine as a "man of colossal genius."

Once, while traveling on a train, he became so engrossed in the book he was reading that he forgot his destination. As the train made its last stop, the conductor went to him and said, "Sir, this is the end of the line."

He frantically searched his pockets for his ticket but could not find it. Not being able to find it, he looked bewildered and confused. Sensing his predicament, the conductor asked, "Where were you going?"

After a lengthy pause he said to the conductor, "I can't remember. I'll have to phone my wife and ask her."

The writer of Psalm 80 recognized that the children of Israel had abandoned their relationship with God. With a heavy heart he prayed, "Restore us, O God, make Your face shine upon us that we may be saved." Realizing that they were going in the wrong direction he asked God to "restore them and save them." And He did!

Throughout history, from the dawn of Creation until this very moment, God has never abandoned anyone. It is always the other way around: we have abandoned Him.

A mother received a letter from her son in prison. In his despair he wrote her and said that he got into trouble because God had abandoned him. With a heart filled with love and sadness she wrote, "Son, if you do not feel the closeness of God it is because you have left Him."

Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for Your promise that You will never leave us nor forsake us - no matter what! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
Getting lost is something that comes naturally to me. At times I feel as though I was born with no sense of direction or the ability to use a compass.

Once, while driving my sons to a birthday party, they could sense I didn’t know where I was going. As I looked at the slip of paper in my hand that contained directions and an address, and looked from side to side at a four-way stop sign, not knowing what to do next, my eldest son said, “Are we lost yet, Dad?” He knew if I wasn’t I soon would be. His confidence was inspiring!

Fortunately, a police officer on a motorcycle saw me looking at the piece of paper and offered to help me. With compassion he asked, “May I help you, Sir?” Of course I said, “Yes,” and with a great sign of relief gave him the address of the party. He gave me careful and complete instructions. Then, looking at me and realizing I had no idea what he was talking about said with great compassion, “Never mind. Follow me, I’ll get you there.”

And it worked. In a few moments I looked at the name and address on the mail box and knew that I had arrived at my destination safely.

In the maze of life with its constant confusion and complex choices we often need help. David said, “I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Jesus, realizing our lost condition said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Follow me.”

God keeps those safe who follow His directions.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the directions we find in Your Word that provide us a map for life’s journey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 63:8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
“At the next intersection make a complete ‘u’ turn and follow the direction to return to your original route,” said a calm voice wanting to correct the driver who failed to follow the “commands” coming from his GPS. “Then, in five hundred feet, make a left turn and resume your route.” It was not normal to listen to an unknown and unfamiliar voice to provide information that would direct a driver to a destination he had never seen before.

Following directions from an unknown source is risky. Trust becomes a critical - if not the most critical - factor. How do we know if the person who is giving us advice is credible and trustworthy? Is that person looking out for our best interests or wanting to play a game with our life in the balance? No doubt all of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves on a route that was wrong - either by being careless or by making a mistake.

David decided to follow a route that would take him in the wrong direction. He went against God’s GPS. As a result, he ended up being guilty of a series of sins that came from giving in to a powerful temptation. It set in motion a chain reaction that follows the normal sequence of sin: first, he faced temptation; secondly, he refused to listen to the warning of the Holy Spirit; thirdly, he refused His route of escape; fourth, he committed the sin and then suffered the consequences of the sin on himself and others. What a tragic route he followed. But out of this tragedy there was his triumph. A “voice” said to him, “you have sinned!”

When David heard God’s voice, (His GPS), he admitted his sins and made a “u” turn. He asked God to forgive him and He did. “Have mercy on me,” he cried, “and blot out my transgressions.” If we, like David, listen to His voice and follow His “commands,” He will lead us safely in paths of righteousness

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy and unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
Life’s journey is never simple, straight, certain or serene. It is like a complicated maze that has sharp turns and sudden stops. Getting from the beginning to the end is no easy task. It is much like life.

How blest we are to have the Lord who is personally interested in each of us and is willing to guide us, guard us and give us detailed instructions. But we must be willing to surrender to Him and trust in Him. Not only will God rescue us when we need Him, but He will guide us if we ask Him.

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,” said David. He did not approach God asking for directions and say, “Lord, if You promise me an easy path I will cooperate with You.” He went to God before he started his journey and said, “Show me - teach me,” then I will make my next move. By voluntarily asking God for help before he started his journey, he could expect God to be with him and protect him on his journey. But he did not stop there.

He asked God to “teach him His path.”

When he asked God to show him his way he wanted more than directions. He wanted God to be his teacher - his guide through life - explaining His world and His ways to him. It is easy to want God to show us where to go but it is often difficult for us to open our hearts and allow Him to teach us His ways!

What a beautiful picture of surrender! Show me where to go, God, and teach me what I need to learn.

Prayer: Lord, fill us with an attitude of humility and trust and help us look to You as our Leader and Teacher. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 25:4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Having been called to be a missionary, David Livingstone was required to appear before an organization for their endorsement and support. While being questioned about his call, he was asked, “Where are you willing to go?”

“Anywhere,” he answered, “as long as it’s forward!”

In concluding his second letter, Peter wrote, “But grow in the special favor and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” By his life and in his writings, Peter emphasized the importance of growth in the life and service of Christians. No matter how well we may believe we know God or how mature we may think that we are in our spiritual development, there is always space to “move forward.”

We live in a world that is hostile to the things of God. There is little doubt that many would be pleased if they could make God completely invisible. Because of the spirit of agnosticism, we must be aware of the battles that are going on around us and within us.

The world will always challenge our faith. The only way to make certain that we are moving forward is to spend time each day with God.

Prayer: May we realize, Lord, the importance of drawing closer to You each day so that we are always prepared to stand for truth and righteousness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
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