By Rev. Joe C. Washington

Christ Community Church

As we march forward in this New Year, I take comfort in the words of God through David the Psalmist who wrote in Psalms 27:11, "Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies."

It is good to know we can depend on our God to lead and guide us though life's ups and downs and the challenges we may face from one year to the next.

David commenced this Psalm with a declaration that since God was the source of his light, strength and salvation, he had no reason to fear or become afraid of anyone or anything. David understood our God is greater than any problem, situation, circumstance, rejection, abandonment, diagnosis, heartache, loss, and plots or plans of destruction by folks or our archenemy, the Devil. As a result of this thought process, David beseeched the Lord to teach him "thy way" and lead him in a "plain path".

When we face the difficulties of life and our enemies and foes seek to destroy us we need the spiritual guidance and divine direction of the Lord to do the right things and to make it through those tough times with the appropriate moral rectitude.

David understands God's power, guidance and direction was necessary to sustain his faith and to overcome the wiles of the Devil.

We need to realize we are in enemy territory and it is absolutely imperative that we must listen to the words of David who said in Psalms 27:14, "Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and [He] shall strengthen thine heart, wait I say, on the Lord."

Unfortunately, many of us will not wait on the Lord, nor do we wish to listen to him for direction and guidance when things are not going well in our lives. I submit to you there is a great need for all of us to follow God’s direction and guidance at all times.

As we continue our path, and progress toward a better us regardless of any minor setbacks we may face, I have found hardships make you stronger and more mature if you allow yourself to learn from them and allow the Lord Almighty lead and guide you in His way and in a plain path He has made for us.

Regardless of the challenges we are currently facing, we need to trust God's Word to  guide us no matter what happens in our lives. Psalms 119:105 states, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

The psalmist wanted us to know God's word is the guide and light when we are faced with darkness and uncertainty. The Word of God will continue to burn as a lamp and shine as a light to illuminate our path so we can see which direction we ought to go, day or night.

Recently, I heard someone say we spend more time listening to others and trusting worldly solutions than trusting God's Word and His Spirit to provide guidance and direction. Every day I see the great need and thirst we have for spiritual guidance and divine direction while at the same time I also witness people who refuse to seek first God's way of doing things by following His Word and trusting His Spirit. Whatever we need or desire God's got it! Whatever problem or challenge we face God has the solution and the plan.

Although mankind has solutions and plans to problems, we must make sure those solutions and plans align with God's Word and His Spirit. Since God's ways and thoughts are above ours, it makes sense for us, who are the children of God, to trust God's Word for direction and guidance.