“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness…this God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:28, 30 (ESV)
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”
Psalm 37: 3-: 23-24 (ESV)
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 (ESV).
We’ve all been through dark times. You know the kind of dark times that aren’t quite depression, but you feel confused and lack clarity or direction? Yes, we’ve all been there. This confused state is often more stressful than periods of your life where you are certain of the cause due to extraneous factors. Maybe you’re grappling with a decision of epic proportions and the answer isn’t clear. Perhaps you want the answer to be one thing so badly that you try to reason with yourself an answer that God hasn’t given you. I’ll tell you what I know without a shadow of a doubt: OUR GOD IS NOT A GOD OF CONFUSION. God promises us that He is the light—that we should walk in the light—and that He is the one who lights our way. Allow me to expound…
One of the things I’ve been learning and re-learning is that God is faithful to provide clarity for God’s will if we’ll just be still, give thanks, and focus on who He is, what He’s done, and what He’ll continue to do. If you’re like me, I’ll grapple with a decision, weigh the pros and cons, and overthink every angle until I’m more confused about what I should do than I was. I’m pretty sure I’m my own worst enemy. Sometimes when there are decisions to make, the Lord wants you to change a particular course or direction for your life. Other times the decision may be not make any changes (wait), but continue on the path He’s chosen for you. No clear answer to change direction is an answer to remain on the current course.
- Our God is NOT a God of Confusion. It is in His very nature to be omniscient. He cannot be less than perfect. He cannot be less clear! When you are confused, you can be sure it is your flesh (your mind) and the work of the enemy to keep you from following the will of God for your life because God is nothing BUT CLEAR. If you are looking to make a change in your life, whatever that may be, do not make a change until you are sure the Lord is in it. His word promises that HE IS the LIGHT and He is the one LIGHTS the path that we should walk in. Pray for clarity, get still before the Lord, read His word, and give thanks and glory to Him. The last part of the well-known hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” has one of my favorite lyrics that resonates so much with me—and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” God wants us to come to Him with our concerns, but He desires our praise first and foremost. When we give him praise, thanks, and confession first, the circumstances our lives seem trivial to knowing Him. Only in communing with Him will we find true clarity.
- Our God Orders our Steps. Because he is omniscient, He won’t allow those who follow close to Him to fall. Surely we might get off the path, but ultimately if the Lord is guiding you, He’ll guide you on the right path He has uniquely blazed for you. When I have something that I’m praying through an worried about, I’m constantly thinking about every angle wondering if I’m going the right direction. But what I need to do is stay so close to the Lord and His word (His word is a light for our path) and I’ll never have to wonder which way to go. Don’t stray from the current path until His lamp “lights a new way.”
- Our God is Faithful. Over and over again, the Bible speaks of His faithfulness even when His people were anything but faithful. Every time they didn’t seek the Lord and went their own way, they lost perspective and clarity. Even though we know what we SHOULD do, we often bring tremendous stress on ourselves by trying to do the work of God for Him. When we get off the path, which the Lord has promised us He has lit for us to follow, we need a course correction. We must stop immediately and focus on his faithfulness and give thanks and praise in ALL circumstances. Be patient and be still. Wait for the Lord; renew your mind with the truth of His Word. Recall to yourself what He’s done, what’s doing now, and how his faithfulness will endure forevermore.