It is easy to say “Where He leads I will follow” when all is good and the pathway seems all charted out for career, holidays, boom times, good health and great retirement plans . It is not so easy when facing a fatal disease with a short life sentence with young children in tow, suffering sorrow from loss of a trusted and dependent dearly beloved, long time unemployment, financial bankruptcy, or even calamities which befall beyond anyone’s control like tsunamis and flood and fire when everything you have got is taken away.
Where He leads I will follow. Really? Is your heart and faith so grounded in the Lord and His Word that even though you have no clue what the future holds, you WILL follow Him?
A prayer is attributed to Thomas Merton in which he confesses that often he does not know where he is going, cannot see the road ahead, has no idea where it will end, and isn’t even all that good at trusting God along the way. Merton adds, however, “But I believe this: that the desire to please you does in fact, please you . . . And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may not know it at the time.” Are you another Thomas Merton, complete in trust that the Lord will lead you by the right road even if you do not know?
The Lord mostly leads one step at a time – we get the beginning; we don’t always see the ending. And that makes some of us squirm. We tend to like our revelation fully packaged, loose ends all tucked in, with full instructions for assembly at home.
We don’t like risk just like the guy in the parable of the talents who dug a hole and put his money into the ground rather than risk investing it. (See Matthew 25:14-28). But we know how that worked out.
Jesus says “Follow Me. You may have to lay down those plans you are clutching so tightly; you may have to abandon some things and even some people you once relied on. The path will not always be clear, and sometimes you will only see one step ahead of you. But you can make the whole journey that way.” Really? would you follow where He leads?
Can you really say as the writer Haley Bankey did in her prayer:
I am not sure where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead.
I cannot be certain where it will end.
I do not really know myself.
Sometimes I fool myself
Pretending to follow your will,
Yet knowing I am not.
But I believe this
That the desire to please you
Does, in fact, please you.
I hope I have that desire
In everything I do.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may not know it at the time.
Therefore I will trust you always,
And when I may seem to be lost,
I will never be afraid.
Because I know you will never leave me
To face my troubles alone.
Thank you, dear God,
For all you have given me
For all you have taken from me,
For all you have left me. Amen.
Faith Child it will cost us to follow the Lord but it will be worthwhile. We can be confident for He really knows the way. Have we not been told that He even knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb? He also knows our end from our beginning. Who else knows?
Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
What are we to do?
- Trust Him with all our heart
- Lean not to our own understanding
- Acknowledge Him in everything
And what will He do? He will direct our paths!
Can you trust His Word? He will direct your path! Has He not so far? Are we listening to His voice rather than the voice of doubt from the enemy?
Let us keep following Him, the Lover of our souls. He calls. Let us follow Him. That is faith.