After the fallout: Finding God's path and reclaiming our faith...(part 3: where do we start)
The place we start finding God’s path is found in seeking God, seeking His path.
A passage that is both a prayer and song. Listen to Psalm 25:1-11
In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.1
Verses 4 and 5, I pray on almost a daily basis: show me your ways and teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me.
This prayer has a way of grounding us I a few realities:
1. I don’t know the path without God’s guidance
2. I need to learn where the path is
3. I need God’s truth to guide me
You can see that a heart that is seeking God, is a heart that God will instruct and teach.
Will God teach the proud? He desires to, but how can one be taught if they already know all they need to know in their own opinion. Make sense? We all know those people that know everything about everything, right? And if you don’t believe they do, ask them, they will let tell you that they do!
I want us to hear this today: If we want to learn God’s path, it means letting go of our preconceived notions of things. It means laying aside the false logics and saying, “God teach me to discern what is an apple and what is an orange. God help me discern which of these fruits I can/should consume and the ones I need to share with others.”
Can you you hear the difference? Can you hear how a teachable heart, that is willing to learn is different from the prevailing thoughts of separating life into apples and oranges? And living off the fuel argument that your way is the best of ways and it is far to superior than those other folks.
Our work today is this: call to God, and say:
Show me your ways
Teach my your paths
Guide me in your truth
This is where we start. After the fallout the world needs people that know God’s heart and walk His path. That is more important and needed than anything else. People that are fully alive and walking God’s path are the ones that will bring hope, fullness, wholeness and rightness.
1 The New International Version. (2011). (Ps 25:1–11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.