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\u00a0Psalmist who wrote in Psalms 27:11, "Teach me thy way, O Lord,\u00a0and lead me in a plain path, because of\u00a0my\u00a0enemies." It is good to know we can depend on our God to lead and guide us though life's ups and\u00a0downs and the challenges we may face from one year to the next. David commenced this Psalm with a\u00a0declaration that since God was the source of his light, strength and salvation, he had no reason to fear\u00a0or become afraid of anyone or anything. David understood our God is greater than any problem,\u00a0situation, circumstance, rejection, abandonment, diagnosis, heartache, loss, and plots or plans of\u00a0destruction by folks or our archenemy, the Devil. As a result of this thought process, David beseeched\u00a0the Lord to teach him "thy way" and lead him in a "plain path". When we face the difficulties of life and\u00a0our enemies and foes seek to destroy us we need the spiritual guidance and divine direction of the Lord\u00a0to 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\u00a0overcome the wiles of the Devil. We need to realize we are in enemy territory and it is absolutely\u00a0imperative that we must listen to the words of David who said in Psalms 27:14, "Wait on the Lord, be of\u00a0good 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\u00a0and guidance when things are not going well in our lives. I submit to you there is a great need for all of\u00a0us to\u00a0follow God\u2019s direction and guidance at all times. As we continue our path, and progress toward a\u00a0better us regardless of any minor setbacks we may face, I have found hardships make you stronger and\u00a0more mature if you allow yourself to learn from them and allow the Lord Almighty lead and guide you in\u00a0His way and in a plain path He has made for us. Regardless of the challenges we are currently facing, we\u00a0need to\u00a0trust God's Word to\u00a0\u00a0guide us no matter what happens in our lives. Psalms 119:105 states, "Thy\u00a0word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." The psalmist wanted us to know God's word is\u00a0the\u00a0guide and light when we are faced with darkness and uncertainty. The Word of God will continue to\u00a0burn as a lamp and shine as a light to illuminate our path so we can see which direction we ought to go,\u00a0day or night. Recently, I heard someone say we spend more time listening to others and trusting worldly\u00a0solutions than trusting God's Word and His Spirit to provide guidance and direction. Every day I see the\u00a0great 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\u00a0Spirit.\u00a0Whatever we need or desire God's got it! Whatever problem or challenge we face God has the\u00a0solution and\u00a0the plan. Although mankind has solutions and plans to problems, we must make sure those\u00a0solutions and plans align with God's Word and His Spirit. Since God's ways and thoughts are above ours,\u00a0it makes sense for us, who are the children of God, to trust God's Word for direction and guidance.