Choices. We make hundreds of them each day. Do I get out of bed today? Do I go to work or school? What is for breakfast? Some choices are easy and some choices are hard, and depending the choice, some choices are difficult. There are always consequences with the choices we make, which can help or hinder the ability to make the right choice. If you are waiting on God with hopeful expectation you slow down and sit at the Lord’s feet. You become completely aware that He has a specific path for you to follow; it is in His promises we have been looking at; He is true to His Word and will always fulfill it. Trust. Pray. Wait. Hope.
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 have a choice to walk our path designated to us and we make that choice by waiting on God with great hope in our hearts.
So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep the path of righteousness. (Proverbs 2:20, NKJV)
And we shall walk in His paths. (Micah 4:2, NKJV)
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather healed. (Hebrews 12:12-13, NKJV)
God in His loving purpose gave man the choice to know Him and to walk in His paths or to make the choice not to. Many people struggle with the concept of allowing man a choice because they see in that that man is somehow responsible for restoring a broken relationship with God –Scripture teaches man is not in the slightest responsible for restoring fellowship with his Maker. The person who is waiting on God with hope understands that it is always the Lord who initiates anything good in our life because He is the source of all goodness. It is God’s goodness that allows choice because without choice there is no true devotion to the Lord, and because He desires devotion He allows the choice to be on His path for us or not. Without choice there would be no compassion and there would be no love. The work is God’s alone; but the choice to appropriate it is ours.
Keep the path of righteousness. Righteousness is right standing with God. Righteousness is what allows man to be recognized by God who is holy in nature. Without righteousness we would be consumed, or fully wiped out, in the presence of the Lord. Righteousness is imputed to us (put into our account) through the grace of a loving God who desires for us to confess our sin and turn towards Him. Righteousness is imparted to us (withdrawn from our account) when we accept His gracious gift. The man who is waiting on God makes the choice to keep the path of righteousness because when he strays from righteousness it means he is no longer in the presence of God. To keep in the Hebrew means to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, beware, be circumspect, take heed. In other words, we need to make the choice that righteousness is important to us and allow the Lord to work in our lives to develop the character that seeks out to keep the path of righteousness.
The person who waits on the Lord with hope declares that he shall walk in His paths because to choose otherwise would be to walk in his own strength, which will lead him away from God. Men’s paths lead them away from the protection and love of the Lord as self directs the path. Now who knows better the path to take; is it the self or the loving Creator-God who sees the big picture? The person who is waiting on God with great hope knows the Lord has our best interests at heart. When self is in control the lusts of the flesh are directing every move (Romans 7); when the Spirit is in control He directs every move (Romans 8). Choose to walk in His paths.
The person who is hopefully waiting on God realizes he is in bad shape when he strays from the Lord’s path for him. With the recognition of being off the path he cries out to the Father, and thusly he makes straight his paths for his feet. Once again we see a choice is to be made. Straight is to be upright and not crooked in the Hebrew. To make your path straight denotes a choice to go straight on the path rather than leaving the path for joy rides in the wilderness. It is dangerous to go off the path God intends for us to keep. We have a choice. Let us choose to stay straight.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14. NASB)
Prayerfully meditate upon Matthew 7:13-14 and consider the choices you make. Choose to allow the Holy Spirit make the moves in your life and to stay upon the path chosen for you.