Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Psalm 25:4 – Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your
It was in the Boy Scouts that I learned how to read
and use a map. I can remember hiking in the Campsie hills above Glasgow,
Scotland, with my Scout troop. As we climbed the hills, a deep fog
descended around us, and before long, it seemed to me that we were
hopelessly lost. As the mist slowly cleared, we began to see the landscape
of the Campsies around us. During this time, our patient Scoutmaster
unfolded a map and pointed out the various small streams and elevation
markers that were drawn on it.
At first, all I saw were lines on
a piece of paper which meant nothing to me, but as my Scoutmaster pointed
to all of the trails, brooks, and peaks around us, while carefully
identifying them on the map, I began to make the connection. He knew
exactly where we were, and he was teaching all of us how to discover our
location and re-find our path. It was a wonderful lesson that I have never
forgotten, and to this very day, some fifty years later, I still enjoy
looking at and reading maps wherever I go.
highlighted Bible verse, the ancient psalmist is asking God to show him the
right path to take. The psalm writer, possibly King David, has reached a
point in his life when he doesn't know what to do or where to go. He
needs God to indicate his location and show him the way ahead, so he
prayerfully and sincerely asks for God's direction. It's a simple
act of faith and trust which we all may experience many times in our lives.
Thankfully, God hears our prayers and is always willing to show us the path
ahead. So, no matter who we are or what we are feeling, encountering, or
experiencing today, it's good to know that God is always aware of the
life trail that we are on, and will always be our map reader and patient
Points to ponder: Where am I? What path does God
want me to follow?
Prayer: Lord God, You have always been
leading us through each day of our lives. Every moment is a sacred
experience; every step is an act of faith. Be with us and guide us on this
great journey that we call life, and when all of this is over, lead us
upward and onward to Your eternal kingdom. In Your holy name, we pray.
John Stuart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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Today's Verse: Psalm 19:14
– May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (NIV)
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One-Year* Scripture Passage: 2 Chronicles 21-24
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: 2 Samuel 10; 2 Corinthians 1:12-24
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 14:1-9
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