Thursday, January 21, 2016

Proverb 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. --Proverb 16:9

You may not remember this, but disabled skiing was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Winter Olympics. A television program preceding the Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, a discipline that involves skiing between poles spaced close together causing quicker and shorter turns.

It sounded impossible for them, but paired with seeing skiers, the blind skiers were taught on flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, then they were taken to the slalom slope, where their seeing partners skied alongside them and shouted, "Left! Right!"

Because the blind skiers obeyed the commands of those who could see and therefore determine their next move, they were able to navigate the course and cross the finish line. Success or failure was dependent on how much trust the skiers had in their partners.

This is such a great picture of the Christian life, don't you think? We are blind as we navigate our way through this life. On our own, we don't know what lies ahead, which turns to take, or where the finish line is. But Jesus knows the way. He is the only One who can be trusted to see us through and guide our steps.

You may have taken some wrong turns in life. You may have experienced catastrophe when you chose to go your own way. But it's not too late to ask Him to lead you on the right path toward victory in Him! Trust His Word and the Holy Spirit to give you the direction you need to finish the course.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Jesus, take my hand, walk beside me, and lead me on this journey through life. Thank You for being my "eyes" when I can't see what's in front of me or where to go! I praise You for determining each of my steps.

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