Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet has thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Until we believe, we cannot truly have faith. Until we have faith, we cannot truly experience what God has planned for us. Until we are true believers in faith, walking and living in faith, we are merely lost sheep awaiting our shepherd. We will go round and round in circles going no where fast— lost in a wilderness. Four days is too long to be wandering through a forest without a sense of direction; consider 40 years—now consider your lifetime. We all have choices.
A friend of mine, Juanda, said the other day that she sees life as a bunch of forks in the road. She said that you can take the routes you choose or the ones God chooses. His way is best and fastest but our impatience will guide us on a different route.
I always call it, snatching the steering wheel from Him.
But God is God, and when He wants us to be somewhere we will get there—even if that means watching us take the wrong route, bumpy route, zigzag route—just to bring us to His route. He will get us there. That should reassure us that even when we realize we took the wrong route, we can turn to God in repentance and ask to be redirected. It should also remind us of the delays, pitfalls, and heartache that comes every single time we snatch that steering wheel from the most capable planner, driver, navigator, and mechanic.
God created the steering wheel, vehicle, the paths, and you. Who are you to tell Him what to do and which route is best? When things break down you end up calling on Him. That proves the point even more. But God believes in offering you choices.
What decision will you choose?
Father if there is any doubt in me as to Your realness, Your presence, Your power, Your influence over my life and the world—I want it removed now.
You know my heart Lord. If I believe in Your son then how can I not believe in You? If I believe in You then I must believe that You sent Your son to save us. I must know that Your children did not truly believe, listen and follow You for more than 1,000 years before Christ’s presence— and You sent him to free us of the shackles we placed upon ourselves.
I want to be a better student, servant, steward, and ambassador. Help redirect me. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You. Amen.