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)
We should ponder our path; and pondering takes hopeful waiting.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27, NKJV)
Ponder the path of your feet. Ponder as used in this passage in the Hebrew means to weigh out, to make level. The word expresses the action to calculate the weight of something. Ponder in this instance means to guard, to watch carefully your way of life. Pondering takes waiting; it is not to be done hurriedly. We need to be very careful and wait for God to show us and then keep us on the path. We are to use our God-directed wisdom in order to stay upon the path the Lord desires for us to travel down. This portion of Scripture is a warning and a blessing. A warning is given to be careful and thoughtful; to weigh the options. A blessing is pronounced because we can be set on, and stay upon, the path of God as He empowers us. What a wonderful Lord we serve! He has enabled us to ponder our path and wait for the course to be laid out before us. In the remainder of this passage we are given other tools to stay the course.
Let your eyes stay straight ahead. Psalm 25: 15 tells us, “My eyes are continually toward the LORD, for He will pluck my feet out of the net (NASB).” Paul stated it well in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (NASB).” We are to be single-minded by keeping our eyes always on Jesus knowing that our path leads to the kingdom of heaven. Our obedience will build fruit in our lives and the kingdom will be enriched. It is very important to know that our eyes are to stay upon the only One who can lead us in the right path. Being those who wait on God allows us to keep our eyes on Him and off ourselves. Only His path matters; only His path leads to blessing and life.
Let all your ways be established. We will deal with this verse in more detail in later blogs, but in relating to pondering our path we need to know that God desires us to be firm in staying on the path. Being on the path the Lord chooses is not to be a part-time job. We are to stay on the path always. This is why we need to ponder our path and make sure it is the right path. Wait on the Lord God and receive direction, choose the right path, and stay there. Do not turn to the right or the left is a continuation of the same thought. There is to be no off-roading in our path following. Stay the course that is set before you. See the goal of becoming Christ-like in character. There is only one way of developing the character of Christ; it is the path chosen for each and every one of us by a loving Father: stay on course.
Remove your foot from evil. The passage tells us the danger of going off course: evil! When we go off course we will be in a territory not intended for us to travel. There will be problems that were not meant to be part of our lives in the form of evil. Stay under the protection of the loving Good Shepherd who wants you to be where He can keep you safe. Life will be difficult enough as He shapes and molds you into what He desires. Why add evil to our life? If we fall into the trap of the Evil One do what the Scripture tells us and remove your foot from evil; get back on course.
You are to take the time to wait on the Lord in hope; make that a daily habit today. Find a quiet place and take the time to ponder your course. It is not a lack of faith to seek counsel, or to talk your choices over with your spouse or other close friend. Do what Scripture tells you to do and wait all the day on God with great hope because He will lead you on the path if you seek Him out.