“I figured out why you never know which way to walk when I’m with you,” my husband of thirty-eight years declared as we returned to our car after lunch on Sunday.
“Why is that?” I asked hesitantly, unsure that I wanted to know exactly what he had figured out.
“You don’t pay attention to where you’re going when I’m with you because you know I’ll get you where you need to be.”
I had to laugh because Ron was exactly right. When we’re walking I usually have his hand, and I give in to him steering me in the right direction. This makes me glad he grew up teaching horses how to neck rein. He’s a master at gently nudging me to the left or right. In large crowds, he takes my hand and clears a path. He can see where we’re going since he’s so tall, but when I’m left to my own directional skills I wind up merely following the folks in front of me.
Thinking of that reminded me of the verse in Zechariah that says, “In those days, ten men from nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zechariah 8:23)
Through the prophet Zechariah, the Lord was foretelling, not only the return of captive Israelites and future End Time events, but He was also foreshadowing the One Jewish Man whose robe we should all cling to.
You may not have a husband or a leader, but if you know Jesus you have Someone willing to take you by the hand and lead you to the very best places. He is in a position to perfectly see what lies ahead of you. You might be tempted to follow your own desires and chart your own course, but the Holy Spirit is willing and more than able to transform those fleshly desires into those that honor God. “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live SECURELY. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:3-4) “Walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)
You might be tempted to merely follow the folks in front of you who have no idea where they are headed because they too are mindlessly following the ones in front of them. If that’s true of you, get a new compass. Get a new leader. His name is Jesus. “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Perhaps, you don’t want to change your leadership because you feel unworthy of the presence of the Lord and so very unworthy of taking His hand. You constantly wander back and forth between the path of unworthiness and the one you try to chart for yourself. You need the freedom found in forgiveness. Repeat these words over and over until you believe them: “There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
If you have decided to follow Him, then His Spirit lives inside of you. “The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)
I’m happy to take my husband’s hand and follow him because he has proven himself as a valuable leader time and time again. I know I’m better off and will get to my destination quicker if I follow his lead and listen to his instruction. That’s even more true of the Spirit. He has led me past some difficult places and shown me His willingness and power to turn desolate places into well-watered gardens. I trust His lead now more than ever! “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
Unless you live under a rock, no matter how directionally challenged you may be, there is someone following your spiritual lead. You may not realize it, but your Eternal Significance is being shaped every hour of every day. Knowing that can either scare us into inaction or motivate us to take others by the hand. Choose to be motivated.
The Spirit Jesus gave us masterfully nudges us in the right direction. He convicts us when we wander, but fills us with inexpressible joy when we submit. “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
That’s a promise you can hold on to!