Daily D – Psalm 25:14-15
Psalm 25:14, 15
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (NIV)
God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in. If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet. (MSG)
A family drove for many hours to arrive at the Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The family had been talking for weeks about their plans for hiking the trails in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.
At last, they arrived and unpacked their belongings. Dad finally gathered his family for their first hike. After the first mile or so of their journey up the trail with its stones and stream and sights, the son asked, “When are we going hiking? This is just walking.”
Some people realize at similar moments that what they thought would be a great adventure feels, in reality, a lot like yesterday and the day before. When they arrive at a place and take stock of where they are, how far they have come, and also how far they have to go, then they begin to understand how a long walk is more special than simply placing one foot in front of another.
Each step moves us through our adventure. The Great Adventure of Life is less about a destination and more about the journey.
In the first mile of the way, that boy saw boulders as big as a house, a stream in the summertime from higher up the mountain but with no obvious source, a small green snake about eighteen inches long, forests of Aspen and evergreen, and a sky so blue it defies description.
It was the great theologian Ferris Bueller who said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
God shows his wonders to those willing to notice them. Our Father in heaven directs our paths when we are determined to follow after him, to walk with him, and to walk before him.
God confides in those who seek to know and experience him. He is the Path Leader for our best adventures.
What will you miss today if you don’t look around?
I will keep walking this adventure with Jesus and look around to see what he shows me.
Our Father, turn my walk into a hike. Turn my eyes away from my woes and toward the beauty, wonder, and delight of all you have created. I want to know you and experience in the journey before me today. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”