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How many roads must a man walk down?

March 1, 2012

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3v5&6

For some of you this question is known by you as the ‘Ultimate Question’ to life, the universe and everything as proposed by Douglas Adams in the ‘Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy’ (the answer to which was 42!). For others it is the first line of ‘Blowin in the wind’ by Bob Dylan.  Wherever you know this question from it is both a question of seeking personal direction and guidance but also of seeking to do so within a context of  a greater  understanding of our purpose for living. It could be argued that in both these examples they are being used as parodies of the impossible but even so they describe the human drive to find purpose to our individual lives and looking for that outside of ourselves – the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind!

It is to this same question that the book of Proverbs brings its answer. For the book of Proverbs tells us that it is God given wisdom (i.e. wisdom from outside us, a wisdom that acknowledges a God from whom, for whom and to whom everything exists) that will enable us to find every good path (Provs 2v9). And our Proverb that I want us to look at today suggests that God makes our path for us. So this verse suggests that there are not 42 roads but one road that leads to fulfilment, peace and blessing – the path made for us by God.

If this is true this takes the pressure off when trying to find what God wants of us. It is not so much of choosing the one of many choices believing one is right and all the others wrong and fretting in case we take the wrong one and ruin our lives!  Guidance is simply allowing God to make the path we are on the perfect one for us. (c.f. Romans 8v28). So the question is how can we ensure that God is making our path straight and it is this Proverb that tells us.

  • Trust in the Lord – make sure you know God as your Father and as a child trusts their father not just logically but sometimes irrationally may we trust God with all our heart – knowing that unlike our human fathers our heavenly Father is all loving, all knowing, all powerful. If you don’t know God as your Father or have wandered remember Jesus said he was the way to the Father (John 14v6) so pray to Jesus.
  • Lean not on your own understanding – don’t look for answers from within to give meaning, direction and purpose . Don’t live for personal happiness. Look to God! Look to God’s wisdom in these Proverbs and the whole counsel of scripture. Look to those who know God and His words to counsel – this is why belonging to a church that seeks to apply the bible is so important. Be willing to share what you are wanting guidance for because it is not within you.
  • In all your ways acknowledge God – in every decision, action, path bring God into it. We do this by obeying the commands of God we do know (see Prov 3v1). We do this by allowing God’s characteristics to rub off on us – love and faithfulness (see Prov 3v3). Finally we do this by worship(prayer, praise and tithing – see Prov 3v9). As you look to make decisions can you pray about it and can you bring it to the community of God to pray/praise about – if you can do this with peace the Lord promises to direct your path.

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind. As we follow the principles of this Proverb the Holy Spirit will move and direct our lives and people may not know where we have come from or where we are going but they will certainly know something of the breath and power of God in our lives (John 3v8) 

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