We began a four part series on “Stories for the Road” this past weekend at my church with “The Paths We Take”. Senior Pastor: Rev. Steve Ramsdell gave the sermon message and below is an outline of the message. It’s a beginning of summer series with principles of following God’s path taken right out of the Bible. One idea might be to send this podcast Link of the series to children, grandchildren, or neighbor’s children.
OUR DIRECTION DETERMINES OUR DESTINATION
“I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.” Ps 119:59 (NIV)
Some paths lead to where we need to go but some don’t. God’s way is always the right way.
EVERY ROAD HAS A PREDETERMINED DESTINATION
“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Ps 37:23-24 (NIV)
Intentions, dreams, and desire do not override the path.
OUR DREAMS AND OUR INTENTIONS WILL NEVER GET US THERE
“At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.” Pr 7:6-9 (NIV)
He follows a prostitute and she leads him down the wrong path. Judgment comes with years and experience and lots of painful moments.
OUR DIRECTION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHERE WE ARE
The past is not important but where you are going is very important
WE WILL ALL GO WHERE OUR ROAD TAKE US
Is your path taking you to where you want to go? We may not always make the right decisions. Let this path principle flow down into your heart.
The point that spoke to me personally is that some paths lead us to where we need to go but many don’t. There is a path God provides which is the sure way that has been proven over and over throughout history to take us to where we need to go. We may not make good decisions all the time but we can always be assured that making an adjustment so we walk the path God has made for us will get us back on track.