Look up and walk!
Verse for Today: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Psalms 78:14 – He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.
God expects His children to walk by looking up and not by looking ahead or around. They do not need to look ahead or around because it might distract. But looking up will enable them to take one step at a time by faith. In order to look up and walk, their heads have to be lifted up to heaven and they must look up to the sky to see the light and the guidance in the cloud. God wants His children not to be lured by the many distractions planted by the enemy all around them. If they look up and walk, it would not be possible for them to walk faster than the clouds and the light. It is not our ability to look that guides us, but the faith in the provider of these lights and clouds. We do not need to know the way or the direction, but when we put our trust in God, He will show the way and the direction. As we look up and walk, we will find that we reach our destination according to the travel plan designed by our Lord. During the day, there are many clouds in the sky, but there is a particular cloud pillar which is God-ordained. We should have the faith to see only that which is the Lord’s instrument for us to see and walk. There are many stars and other heavenly bodies in the sky in the night, but God wants us to see that which is designed and directed by our Lord especially for us. He will make us recognize the guiding posts if we seek His ways and dwell in His presence. Today God guides us through His Word and His Spirit to take steps of faith in our sojourn. It is His walk with us and our walk with Him simultaneously on His pathway at His pace as He holds our hands.
Dear friend, are you lifting up your head and looking at the guiding clouds and lights as you walk with the Lord today? If you walk by sight, you cannot take steps in dim, blurred and dark situations. But if you walk by faith, you can walk irrespective of the darkness around you. But if you walk by sight, there is no guarantee that your judgment about the way is right. Such walk might take you to destinations chosen on the basis of prudence, intelligence and assumptions. Our human instinct is to walk by sight with human confidence and calculations for worldly gain. Balaam, Gehazi, Demas, Aachen and Judas Iscariot walked by sight and reached the filthy lucre of this world. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus ad looked at the waves, he lost his way forward. When Jacob focused on his smart schemes to the promises of God, he faltered and suffered immensely. King Saul tried the path of sight and lost his crown, throne and life. Lot walked by sight and chose the best land and ended up in sad predicaments. Solomon went the wrong way and had to pay a heavy price in life and in his generations. On the other hand, God’s servants like Nehemiah, Daniel, Paul and others walked solely by faith and completed their course with credibility. Today we are warned not to take our eyes off Jesus and His Word. We are to heed to the instructions of the Spirit of God who speaks to us through His Word and our conscience. God is with us day and night to guide us through His pillars of fire and cloud to see to it that we do not lose track. He is committed to guide us a step at a time. We are expected to keep looking up and walk by faith a step at a time.
Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Thought for Today
Looking up and walking is a buffer against looking ahead in our own ability and wisdom and lose track.
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