As you begin this new year, are you wondering what lies ahead? Does the future seem confusing or unclear? Are you trying to determine what your next steps should be? If so, God’s Word has some great and precious promises to help you. For example, Isaiah 30:21 is a great promise:
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
God promises guidance for you. He wants you to walk in the right way and make the right decisions even more than you want to. If you have ears to hear, there will be a voice behind you, showing you the way.
It’s that ears-to-hear thing that causes problems—right? There was a time in my life when I only wanted God to tell me what I wanted to hear, so I just didn’t have ears to hear. This verse from Jeremiah 6 warns us about shutting our ears to God’s voice:
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16
If that’s where you are today—standing at the crossroads—are you ready and willing to hear God’s voice showing you where the good way is? Or are you saying in your heart, “My way, God, not yours!”? Isn’t it true that sometimes we mouth the words, “I want to know God’s way,” but when he shows it to us, we decide it’s not exactly what we had planned, so we say, in some words or other, “I will not walk in it.”
Here’s the good news: when you walk in God’s way, you will find rest for your soul! I remember well when I finally came to the end of my way and told God I was ready to walk in his way. My words to God were, “Please give me peace.” I desperately wanted rest for my soul, and that’s when I began to walk in the good way—and I’m so very thankful I did.
Let me encourage you today to choose God’s way and to listen to that voice behind you. You will never regret it—I promise!