Whose Path Are You On?

   Written by on October 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I(Wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice (Proverbs 8:17-20, ESV.)

word - macdonaldDo Solomon’s words about wisdom and walking “in the way of righteousness” sound familiar? They’re an echo of his father David’s declaration that our Shepherd leads us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). Both men make it clear that walking in God’s presence is necessary to a righteous life.

Think about “the way (or paths) of righteousness.” By path or way, the writers of Scripture meant a course of action; a life direction; a pattern of behavior. You can choose many paths and directions for your life. Some are obviously wrong and will take you to destructive places. Have you followed those wrong roads? Have you found yourself wondering, What am I doing here? I didn’t want my life to be about this. I had bigger and better dreams.

If that’s you, you’re ready for God’s way of righteousness.

Seeking His way for answers is the first step to getting off those wrong roads and back into a way of living that God can bless. Scripture says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). That’s not a road you want to choose for your life. Instead, “In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

God wants you on a right path that leads to joy, peace, and blessing. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he (God) delights in his way.” This is an amazing truth—God Himself establishes the path of the righteous person.

Isn’t it encouraging to know God will guide your steps? As you submit to Him, the hand of God will direct you to the right way. It might not be a way you’d choose, it may not look like someone else’s way, but it will be the right path for you. His directing presence will lead you “in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice.” Your part is to listen to His Word and respond to His leading.

Reprinted with permission from Our Journey, copyright 2014 by James MacDonald. All rights reserved. Further distribution is prohibited without written permission from Walk in the Word. James is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadow, IL and the Bible teacher of the Walk in the Word radio program.

About James McDonald

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to five amazing grandsons. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel (HarvestBibleChapel.org) which now has 13,000 people meeting at seven locations across Chicagoland each weekend. Walk in the Word, a Bible-teaching television and radio broadcast ministry (WalkintheWord.org), was established in 1997. The radio program reaches more than three million people daily, and the television audience extends around the world. In 2002, through James’s leadership and by God’s grace, the church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship (HarvestBibleFellowship.org) was founded and has established more than 100 churches across North America and around the world. James’ vision is for God to use Harvest Bible Fellowship to plant 1,000 churches by 2020. James’ extensive ministry also includes a training center for pastors, a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, a disaster-recovery organization, and a Christian school—all used to reach more people with the life-changing message of the Gospel. James is the author of several books including Vertical Church, Authentic, Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, and most recently, Come Home.

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