Life is a Journey and we all spend so much of it searching for the right direction to take. In this article, I am going to show you how to find the right path.
“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
Every one of us has been at a point in our lives, and maybe you are there right now, where we have so many questions about where we need to go next. A lot of times we feel this need in our lives for something new and most of us often think that this “new” thing is a change in location.
So we head off to a new town or state expecting to feel that desire fulfilled, but it never happens. This is because this desire for newness isn’t a desire for a new location, but its a desire for a new path.
This new path isn’t necessarily a brand new path for all. For some this new path is simply a straightening of the one they are already on.
The truth is, there is only one path, some of us are already on it and some have yet to discover it.
Jesus said in John chapter 14, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Every one of us longs for the Father, whether we realize that these desires within us are for Him or not. But our paths need to flow through Jesus Christ, for He is the only way to the Father.
We need to learn to trust in Him, to lean on Him, and to submit to Him and He will make our paths straight!
Learn To Trust
The path to the Father starts with trust. Without trust, we can’t truly have the faith we need to overcome adversity that we face.
Trusting in Jesus can be hard for some, but it is just like trust in any other relationship. It takes spending time together and getting to know each other on a more intimate level.
If someone came up to you on the street and asked to borrow your car what would you tell them? Most of us would say no, I don’t know you. But if a close friend asks to borrow your car you would probably not think twice before saying yes.
Now I’m not saying that Jesus is going to ask to borrow your car, but He is going to ask some major things of you if you choose to follow Him. We need to make sure we are spending time with Him and going deeper into the relationship, so when He asks anything of us the answer is an easy yes!
We can know Him more by diving deeper into the word and having intimate times of prayer with Him. But like any relationship, the best way to see it grow is to devote the best of your time and effort to see it bloom!
Learn To Lean On Him
We all try to take on the whole world by ourselves. There is just something about being able to do stuff on our own that we all desire. Most of this comes from our pride.
This path to life that we are on requires guidance, we need to lean on the one who knows the path for us to make it through.
1 Corinthians chapter one tells us that the weakness of God is stronger than human strength! We waste so much time trying to lean on ourselves, when the extent of our strength is just where the Lord’s begins! We need to learn to trust in Him so that we are willing to lean on Him for all things.
All created things are in a constant state of change. When we try to lean on anything on this earth, it has the potential to slip out from underneath us.
Our God never changes so when we choose to lean on Him we can rest assured that He will remain stable. He does not change like shifting shadows.
To get to this point of trust and to allow ourselves to lean on Him instead of any created thing, we need to humble ourselves and submit to His way.
Learn To Submit
To truly be on the right path takes submission, submission to the one who not only knows the way but is the way. He knows the beginning to the end and if we truly believe that then it would be foolish to trust in anything else.
When we learn to trust in Him and lean on Him, we start on a journey towards the Father and at that point, our entire lives begin to change.
Not only do we begin to become more like Him, but now we become a threat to the enemy. See, the enemy doesn’t want our paths to be straight because he wants to keep us from the Father.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Satan is so much stronger than we can ever be alone. We need to trust in the Lord, lean on Him, and most importantly submit to Him. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
Not all adversity that comes our way is from Satan, some obstacles are there just to grow and stretch us. It’s not up to us to decide which are from the devil and which are there just to grow us, all that we need to do is submit to God and He will see us through it.
Inside every one of us is a longing to get to the Father and Jesus Christ is the only way to get there. As we follow the path He has placed us on through learning to trust Him, to lean on Him, and to submit to Him, He will make our paths straight.
None of us can do this life journey alone because we weren’t created to do it alone. We were created for relationship, relationship with each other and with the author and creator of all things. Our true path is through Him and that path leads us to an everlasting relationship with the Father.