[CF Devotionals] 2015-12-23 - Paths Traveled

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As we approach the time of celebrating the birth of the Lord and Savior, we might also think about the paths we or others we know have traveled in the course of time up until this moment. With the exception of say Paul, previously Saul as in Acts Chapter 9 (NIV) who was put on a specific path after having been a persecutor of believers, we can choose the path we travel, and I often wonder about the choices I and others make. Our choices do affect others, even when we aren’t aware of those consequences. I think of two men I have known all of my life, and how their choices up to a certain point were quite similar and then they went different directions, neither of which is really wrong. However, the results are dramatically different. The four key components in common were marriage (faith encompassed within it), family, work and friendship. When their paths then diverged, due to work locations changing, then their commonalities slowly began to change as well.

It makes me wonder why. And the results, to me, are about where they believe their true source of power lies. It seems they both began on the path that was more outside of themselves which is more about eternal things or those beyond our own control. Now one is still in the eternal mode, and the other more on a temporal (living mainly in the present world) place. The eternal path is one of peace by way of trusting in things beyond our control. The temporal is fleeting, and we can never really be at peace. We can have momentary satisfaction, but its nature is fleeting, and then we’re faced with finding another way of achieving it again. Trusting God with the outcome is a much better idea. I’m grateful for a path that isn’t always easy, but is filled with the hope of His eternal peace. It all started with a babe in a manger.

“Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5 NIV)

“… he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 NIV)

“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.” (Psalm 27:11 NIV)

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:35 NIV)

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:9-11)

Deborah

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All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted


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