New Trails

“Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”Numbers 14:3-4 (NKJV)

I remember several years ago, my wife Carol and I were up in Utah riding sport utility ATV’s through the mountains.  We were scouting out some new trails south of the town of Richfield. We had heard there were some waterfalls to check out, and so we were excited at the prospect of going somewhere we had not been before.  I took my map and we headed out with high hopes of finding something new.

We had ridden up some pretty big mountains—climbing up on the ridges and looking down at the streams flowing within the valleys.   We dropped off the side of the mountain and weaved our way through the forest trees and across the creeks. It was exciting to find new trails, and the newness kept both of us intrigued about what was next, but it was also a little unnerving because neither of us knew what was before us up ahead on the trail.  At one point I contemplated turning around and going back to what I was familiar with because it was safe.

I think in a lot of ways we can find the same thing happening in our lives as Christian men and women, as we seek to grow in our spiritual walk. There are times when we attempt to try new things and we will get away from the safe familiar surroundings we have become accustomed to.  Maybe the Lord laid it upon our heart to get involved in a women’s or men’s bible study, but the newness of extending ourselves can cause some anxiety, and we may be tempted to pull back and retreat to what we feel is a safer place—resorting to come on Sunday morning to find our well worn familiar place of sitting.

We can see this very thing happening to the children of Israel as they began to doubt God’s calling (Num. 14:3-4).  They became anxious about going forward into unfamiliar territory, and so they looked for someone to lead them back to what they knew to be familiar—even if it wasn’t better, or what God had intended for them.  Now we may be tempted to cast judgment on them for doubting God and wanting to turn around, but we would be wise to learn from this story and even ask ourselves:  

·     Do I trust God with my life, and the plans that He has for me? 

·     Will I let God work in, on,and throughmy life?  

·     Will I allow Him to lead me down the paths of ministry — one I would normally not explore?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hopeJeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today. Perhaps God is leading you to go forward in your walk   Perhaps He has laid it upon your heart to get involved into ministry and to allow Him to use you.  I know it can be a little intimidating but trust me; there is no better reward than to be used by the Creator of the universe, and to serve others that He has brought into your life.   Pray about serving in new ways, and in new areas, and look forward to experiencing exploring a new trail for yourself.

STUDY QUESTION: What kind of plans does God have for us according to Jeremiah 29:11?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to help serve others in the ministry God has prepared for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Seek God in prayer.  Ask Him to show you where He would want you to serve, and then take a step of faith.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, Thank You for leading me out of the bondage of sin. I place my faith in You this day for where You have planned to lead me, and I willingly follow in great anticipation.  Help me be what You have called me to be in the lives of others.  In Jesus precious name, amen…


Blessing upon your day, Pastor Scott



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