Definition: A path, way, byway, or highway. It describes the literal path one walks on. Figuratively, this word describes the path of an individual or course of life.
Our discussion moves to the word paths in the Old Testament. Look at this word as it is used in the Scriptures as the individual path that you as a believer have been given by God.
The following blogs in this category relates how the disciple who is waiting on God with a hopeful attitude and character will discover the Lord’s paths for his life. God wants to reveal His paths to you and there are plenty of clues in the Bible for you to follow as you seek the Holy Spirit to direct and guide you each and every day. Remember that the Lord will never contradict His Word. The passages that follow are to be studied prayerfully and carefully. When possible seek godly counsel before making major decisions.
Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Teach me your paths. Paths are similar to His ways, but more specific. The path we should be on is ordered and directed by the Lord, specifically for us as His church and as individuals. When we want direction with a decision to be made we are asking God for the correct path to take. We learn very much from Scripture when we consider the use of path or paths, in the positive use of the word, as God’s path for us.
God will make your path known:
I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. You shall show me the path of life. (Psalm 16:8, 11, NKJV)
David penned the secret of being in position to be shown the path of life in this Psalm. How often have you prayed and asked for God to show you the path to take? We learn from this passage that the LORD will show us the path. Show in the original Hebrew has the meaning of to know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience. God will give us the ability to perceive and to discern His path for us. Path describes the literal path one walks on. David mentioned two actions that put him in tune with the Father in order to be shown the right path to walk on:
Number One: Set the Lord always before you. With our eyes cast on Him, seeking only His direction while waiting, we can see the only One who can show us His good and perfect path for us. The Source of all spiritual revelation needs to be the only focus as we set Him before us. Being of the character that is waiting on God allows this to happen in our lives. Because we do not become the focal point of our lives, rather the Lord God becomes our focus continually – this is when one can say, “I have set The before me.” We need to take note that David uses always as how often we are to set the Lord before us. Continually is God to be the focus of our lives – then He will show us the path.
Number Two: With God at our right hand we shall not be moved from the path. The right hand is a symbol of strength and is where Christ is seated from the perspective of the Father (Psalm 110:1). God swears by His right hand (Isaiah 62:8). The Lord delivers His people by His right hand (Exodus 15:6 and 15:12). A person of honor gets to sit at the right hand (1 Kings 2:19 and Psalms 110:1). The right hand is used figuratively of being morally upright (Deuteronomy 17:11; Deuteronomy 28:14; Joshua 1:7; and 2 Kings 22:2). The right hand is indicative of being morally correct or just (Ecclesiastes 10:2). We need to place the Lord at our right side, because that is the rightful place of the Almighty – the place of strength.
If we truly desire to be shown the paths of life we will heed the call of David and keep the Lord as our focal point and at His rightful place – as our right hand. This can be accomplished through waiting on Him as we are developing character; the character of Christ-likeness.
What do you need to change or rearrange in order that the Lord can be your focal point? Do it today. Make God your source of strength and follow His path for you.