Shadow Walking: Walk This Way
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
There have been times in my life when I have struggled to know what decision to make. My heart will desire to go in one direction, but my head will be leading in the opposite and I am stuck in the middle trying to decide- do I go left or do I go right? In retrospect, I can clearly see how God has faithfully directed me to pursue paths He intended for me to walk down. When decisions are difficult, my reliance on God runs deep. I beg for His presence, for His direction and for His guidance.
As I walk forward in the way I sense He is leading me, I feel a confirmation in my spirit- This IS the way! Walk in it!
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:18 and 19b
In Isaiah 30, we find the prerequisites to determining the way we should be walking. It involves waiting on the Lord and crying for help. Patience and humility. A willingness to wait for God’s timing and a willingness to admit that we are not in control, but God is.
We want to skip this step and get right to determining God’s will. We want God to agree with the way we want to go instead of doing the hard work of walking on His path and not our own. “The Lord longs to be gracious to you” is one of the most beautiful promises in scripture, but it is one that so many of us fail to realize, because we aren’t willing to admit our sinfulness and our need for Jesus.
God longs to be gracious to us. He longs to lead and guide us. He longs for us to walk in the way we should walk. Are we willing to listen for His Still Small Voice?