“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27 (ESV)
Walking the Path God has for You
All my life I have looked to others for validation, wondering if I am doing things right and if I measure up as a mom. The Lord has been teaching me over the past few years, though, that I need to look to Him and listen for His still, small voice to guide me into what is right for my family and me. I have found that comparison kills my ability to be the best God wants me to be. When I constantly turn to the right or the left, comparing myself to others, I can’t see what God has for me.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘this is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). This verse talks about walking a path. Sometimes we come to a fork in the road, and we don’t know which way to turn. But we can trust His voice, His Word, to guide us. We are never to swerve to the right or the left, which, according to the verse above, can turn our feet toward evil. We are never to lose sight of this path by allowing distractions to get in the way of seeing it clearly.
If you imagine a car swerving, you can imagine someone out of control and going too fast. This is how we feel when obstacles and scary times come our way, but the Lord will guide us and help us through hard times if we seek Him and rest in Him. It doesn’t mean we won’t feel anxious and wonder what God is doing, but we will know He is in control.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Trust God’s best for your family. Lean on Him and do not trust others’ understanding, or even your own, unless it is grounded in the firm foundation of Scripture. Sometimes we can look too much to respected individuals’ advice. We might even look to good Christian books when we want to change a habit or enhance something in our lives. These can be helpful, but they don’t take into account our uniqueness.
As women of God, we have unique struggles, passions, interests, and gifts we can learn from and share with our children. Enjoy what God has given you and seek Him in your struggles. Trust that He has put you on this path. Trust that what He is teaching you is for you and your family.
Blessings and Love,
Do you have areas of your life, even small areas, in which you have not asked God for guidance? Make a list right now of the struggles in your life, or the things you would like to change. Pray over that list and give it to God. He cares about each choice we make (1 Peter 5:7). Let Him guide you and lead you. Then, rest in Him and continue to seek Him daily to stay on the path.
Enjoy your children! Stop looking to the right or the left, wondering if you are doing everything right! Explore your passions with them and help them find their own. Seek the Lord for their correct path. Then, patiently guide them to His will for their futures. Rest in the Lord and His plan for you and your family. Smile at the future as the woman in Psalm 31 does!
• Jeremiah 29:11-14 • Proverbs 4:20-27 • Isaiah 30:20-21 • Proverbs 3:1-12