Who Are You Following?
I have been reading in Psalm 139 a lot recently, and through reading it, something caught my attention this week. In Psalm 139:5 it says, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” This verse stuck out to me, because it says, God goes before us, and follows us. Through my reading, God spoke to me.
God is always with you. Now I know that if you have grown up in the church, or have even been a christian for some time, you have heard this before. Let me elaborate. God goes before us, meaning he knows everywhere we go, he can see everything that is in front of us that we can’t see. He knows what choices we will make, what roads we will go down, and what hardships we will face. Even though God goes before us, he doesn’t just stay there. He follows us. That wrong path you went down for a few years, God was following you. He held your hand and was with you.
Imagine for a second, you’re in the wilderness. You are with a friend, but for a while you wandered off ahead. Let’s say you have walked down a path that you know is dangerous. This path is full of unknown and potential harm. You run back and tell your friend not to go down the path, but your friend doesn’t believe you. They go down the path anyway. Do you stay with your friend even though you know the path will bring hardship? If I am honest, since I already know trouble is ahead, I want to stay out of it. I want to run far from it. BUT, this is where we get a picture of who God is. He already knows the path you may choose to go down for a while, and though he has tried to warn you to turn back, he still follows you. He doesn’t just abandon you on the trail, he stays with you.
A God who knows my bad decisions before I make them, and still chooses to follow me, shows me how much love that God has for me. He doesn’t leave you when you’ve messed up. Instead, he follows you. The path you’ve chosen, doesn’t have to be the path you’re on for the rest of your life. So maybe you’ve messed up. For a few years you have abandoned God and made some bad choices. He is walking with you. He is always with you. He goes before you, and he follows you.
The story doesn’t just end there. David finishes the Psalm with these words, “Lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Though God goes before us, and follows us wherever we go, we need to realize that we need someone to lead us. The greatest part is, we don’t have to do this life alone. We don’t have to lead ourselves. God wants to lead you. He wants to show you what he has for you, and where you should go. He wants to best for you. David writes this, because he understood the importance of someone leading him. He knows that God has never left him, but he wants more. He wants someone to point him in the direction he should go. God has a plan for you, do you believe that? Right now, you may be in a rough situation and there may seem like no way out. BUT GOD, will lead you if you ask him to. Today, let God lead you. Stop trying to do life on your own, because you weren’t made to.
Following Jesus was the best decision I ever made. He has changed my life for the better in every way possible. So today, give your situation, problem, anxiety, depression, circumstance, whatever it is, give it to him and let him lead you.
New Living Translation (NLT)
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