9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. - Psalm 25:9-10
We’ve spent a lot of time this week meditating on His love and His faithfulness, but it’s important to also spend some time on the second part - the paths of those who keep His commands are full of love and faithfulness. So the question we should be asking ourselves is about our path. Is our walk full of love and faithfulness, or is it broken and difficult?
Some read these verses and believe that the Lord is not loving and faithful at all because they’re walking down a difficult and painful road. Their understanding is that the Lord is sovereign over everything, so He must have picked the road. And if He picked this road, there’s no way He could be loving or faithful.
There’s a deep theological flaw in that thinking. God is sovereign over everything, and He is sovereign over your path, but He is still at work for your good. He gives us the freedom to choose our paths, so sometimes the pain we are experiencing on our path is a consequence of not keeping His covenant. And sometimes our path is a place He chose to take us by allowing a difficult circumstance into our lives. I’ve found most of the trials in my life are a combination of the two. Either way, the Lord is at work in your trial for good. If your path is causing you to question the goodness of the Lord, your perspective of a trial is wrong.
God’s love for us is a perfecting love, not a pampering love. His desire for us is to grow more and more like Him. In order to do that, He needs to reveal those places in our hearts where we still hold ourselves in higher esteem than Him, the places where we hold our comforts and our desires over Him. The problem is that sometimes we simply don’t see those places until He reveals them through our pain.
You may be on a broken road right now, but I know the Lord is good and He means this time for good in your life. Lean in and listen, He’s trying to show you something.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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