Following the leading of the Lord…

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Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. 98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,  for it is always with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. 

In this psalm the writer has been describing his passion for God’s law – which would include the commandments, ordinances, and statutes of God. In these verses he claims “more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation”. This is not to say that he has nothing to learn from people who are experts in particular areas of study, but that the wisdom of God attained via obedience to the laws of God surpasses human wisdom. The psalmist may not know everything about everything, but he knows how to listen for the leading of the omniscient God – and that’s enough.

In John chapter 14 Jesus is preparing the disciples for his imminent departure. He tells them he is going away, but that his disciples will follow him.

And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 

Jesus’ disciples don’t have to know the way to Jesus, they just have to know how to discern Jesus’ leading and direction. Jesus will do the rest. Our passage from Psalm 119 speaks of the same idea. If the psalmist meditates on the will and ways of God he can trust that God will lead him in the right direction – whatever the situation.

The same is true for you and me brother and sisters. If we will listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit we will be able to navigate the twists and turns of life, which is full of surprises. This is not to say that we won’t make mistakes or encounter dead ends from time to time, but that we will eventually arrive where we need to be. Lord let it be so. Amen.

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