By Marni Montanez
New King James Version
4. Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
The Psalmist is open only to a future that God has chosen for him. He knew to reach his destiny was to know and live Godís way. Because of His intimate relationship with God he was aware that there was a specific purpose for his life and He desired to walk in that purpose. He was known as a man after God's own heart. His calling was unique to him and yet he possessed the same qualities of every man and woman who wanted to know God with the willingness to be used of God. Moses was known as the meekest man on earth and Abraham was considered God's friend. All of them had attributes that God gave to them and these attributes brought glory to His name.
When we ask God to show us His way, He answers in relation to what He designed us for in this life and with the tools needed for that call. We can be assured that He will lead us in the way He designed us to go. We are created with certain gifts and characteristics. As we blossom in these gifts and characteristics we fulfill the purpose we were created for.
Are we allowing God to lead us so that we are fulfilling the plan He
called us to?
In order for us to grow and move in the call of God designed for each of us, we must walk on a specific path or direction that God is leading us on. This path will bring us to the divine appointments that shape and strengthen us. These appointments are circumstances that allow us the opportunity to learn and grow into what God created us to be.
When the Psalmist asks God to teach him His paths, he is asking for more than just knowledge. He is asking to discern the will of God specific to his calling. The will of God is always the direction each of us should be walking on. As we follow Him we find our God-ordained destination. Each path or direction is our own, dependent on what gifts we have and what we are called to do. It is marked with details that take us through experiences unique to the plans of God for our lives. David wanted to know the heart of God. This is the same for Christians in the present day. We also want to know the specifics of Godís calling and leading in our lives and he is more than willing to show us. But in those instances when, in His wisdom, he chooses to remain silent, we must trust His silence. Even His silence is a leading.
The more we know Godís ways and paths of truth and healing on our journey, the more we will know our God.
Challenge: ask God to show you His ways and ask Him to teach or
discern His paths specific to your calling.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.