“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” ~ Psalm 23:2-3
The three words of this passage “He leads me” were brought to mind this morning as I was walking down the aisle at the grocery store.
A tiny, little girl was trying to walk. Her mother was watching and held out her hand, but the child wanted to walk alone, and waved off the mother’s hand. I smiled and the mother said to me, “she thinks she can do it without me.”
I suppose independence is good in some things. It was a good thing that the little girl should try to walk alone.
However, independence in spiritual things can be disastrous. God Himself says “without Me you can do nothing.” I think about recent disasters on Mt. Hood with climbers who attempt to conquer the mountain without a guide, without safe company, without expert experience. God has a large family, yet none of us are able to walk alone… nor should we.
To have a guide not only means a level of certainty in life, but it also helps make life more engaging and interesting and fulfilling. On our recent trip to Barcelona we took a walking tour with a local guide. We saw more of Barcelona in that one afternoon than many do in a week or two. We wouldn’t have enjoyed the experience nearly as much if we didn’t have an experienced guide who was thoroughly acquainted with the territory.
Jesus gives us this expert companionship in life. He is the “Good Shepherd”… not only did He give His life for us… He gives His life TO us and lives His life FOR us.
We need an expert guide to lead us. And He leads us to good places!
He leads us to REPENTANCE. (Romans 2:4) “…God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance…”
He leads us to LIFE. (Matt. 7:14) ”But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.”
He leads us to TRANSFORMATION. (2 Cor. 3:18) “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image from one degree of glory to another.”
And, like our expert guide in Barcelona… Jesus leads us to HIDDEN TRUTHS and PLEASANT SURPRISES! (Isaiah 42:16) “I will lead the blind on roads they have never known; I will guide them on paths they have never traveled. Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling. This is My solemn promise.”