“The path of the righteous is level;
you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.” Isaiah 26:7
Go gently through this day, keeping your eyes on Me. I will open up the way before you as you take steps of trust along your path. Sometimes the way before you appears to be blocked. If you focus on the obstacle or search for a way around it, you will probably go off course. Instead focus on Me, the Shepherd who is leading you along your life-journey. Before you know it, the ‘obstacle’ will be behind you and you will hardly know you passed through it. That is the secret of success in My kingdom. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
In addition to obstacles on the path, God will test us with delays- don’t be shaken.
God is going to test me with delays; and with the delays will come suffering, but through it all stands God’s pledge: His new covenant with me in Christ, and His inviolable promise of every lesser blessing that I need. The delay and the suffering are part of the promised blessing; let me praise Him for them today; and let me wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen my heart. -C.G. Trumbull
The obstacles on the path and God’s delays are all known and permitted by God. He is using them as tools to build our relationship with Him. Believe that He will use all obstacles and delays for our good. Love, obey, and trust Him. -adapted from Walking With God.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:7-8
“David was confident in God’s purpose. That’s why he could say, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me”. The only way we can walk through trouble and not be defeated is by keeping our focus on the Lord and His purpose. He has promised to do a good work in our lives, but sometimes the only way He can complete it is in the valleys of hardship.
David relied on the Lord’s power. When troubles arise, we, too, can trust God to deliver us, but it may not be by escape. Sometimes God sustains us through the difficulty, walking with us each step of the way.
David believed the promises of God. Throughout these two verses, he repeatedly reminds himself what the Lord will do. We also need to have some specific promises from Scripture that will anchor us in times of trouble. The truths of the Bible are our most valuable possession when the storms of life assail us. Self-reliance or advice from others will ever equal the help God’s Word offers us.
God assumes responsibility for accomplishing what concerns you in times of trouble. Your job is to believe that He will fulfill His purpose, His power is adequate, and He’ll keep every promise. When the trial has achieved His goal, He’ll remove it. Until then, keep walking with your eyes on him.” Dr. Charles Stanley
“Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16