Driving up or down an unfamiliar country road away from major connections to a major highway or a major road network has its benefits. Particularly if you have no satellite navigation device: The journey becomes eerily quiet. It's you - and your instincts. You get lost; drive along, burning gas, music blaring loudly off from your car's surround speakers. For adrenaline-junkies, their thrill has just been fueled! For others, it's time to cry for help sending SOS messages via their cell/mobile phones, awaiting rescue!
I know you'll be asking by now: How can this be? What happened to common sense?
Exactly! Common sense is not always common. People generally may not perceive notions exactly the same way, or operate at the same rates of perceptive understanding!
How could anyone ever drive on a country road without the aid of their map, Sat-nav or GPS device? Isn't that a pertinent question to ask?
Yet, that is exactly what most people in our generation do! Larger than the majority travel through this complexity called life without the compass! The 'compass' of God's Word! Father-God, the Creator of our world - and everything in it - never designed it to be traversed without extensive, day-to-day consultation with His Word!
Consider these truths, individually:
Every new 'journey' you undertake is a journey you've never experienced before even if the route is a familiar terrain! So, you would require adequate preparedness, carefulness, alertness, and full observation!
Life's 'journeys' are not designed to be taken alone without adequate information and counsel. The big Manual says: "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" | Prov. 11:14, KJV.
You cannot afford to substitute human rationale for divine counsel - because it is not! "Because the foolishness of God is stronger than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men" | 1 Corinthians 1:25.
Human logic may drastically fail; whereas, divine understanding avails! "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" | 1 Corinthians 1:19-20.
People, at times, will either be blinded by an unseen fold on the eyes, or be proud to not consider the way of righteousness being freely offered in the moment of their euphoria driving through the unknown, so recklessly. Until the inevitable occurs! But Wisdom cries out: The Devil, the god of this materialistic, sensual, lustful world on intent, blindfolds eyes with scarves of deception and deceit, lest the glorious light of the wisdom of God should shine in on their ‘roads’ | See 2 Corinthians 4:4. Worse off still, you by "chance" drive past whom you by experience do know is lost. You stopped. And then turned your car around to pursue the 'lost' car and its occupants. You flashed them your beam until they stopped. You freely offer them suggestions as to how they will find the nearest intersection that will obviously put them back in touch with civilization. Instead of appreciating you, they rebuffed you; rudely puffed some sweet methol cigar smoke up your face, dismissed your suggestion with a lackadaisical wave of the droopy hand, and tell you to never mind or mind your own business!
Have you encountered hippie-happy folks like these?
I have purposely written this three minute blog today for those of you aspiring to travel a new road; dream of a brighter future, or enthuse of the evolvement of a better you in 2022. It is a proverbial re-telling of over thirty years of experience accumulated in my counseling, praying with, or proffering solutions to peoples' issues. I pray you will emerge with your shiny dreams fully accomplished in 2022. And if by any means you falter, stop immediately; run your checklist through these five points mentioned above. I am assured that the spirit of the living God will re-direct, comfort, and be your Counselor through the new year! God bless you all in all your journeys. Amen.
Written by Sammy Joseph. Should you wish to book scheduled one-on-one counseling with the man of God, please copy this link onto your web-browser: https://www.harvestways.org/counseling
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