Ever wished that somebody would show you, not just tell you, what the purpose of your life is? Today’s devotional, from Our Daily Journey, explains that God is never vague about the overarching plan for our lives. Look at the way God showed the ancient Israelites the path he had laid out for them:
When God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, He didnâ€™t merely tell them which way to go; He showed them the way with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:20-22). The people, however, repeatedly refused to trust their Provider-God. They hardened their hearts and rebelled against Him (v.8; Psalm 95:7-8). The consequences were disastrous. Their â€œcorpses lay in the wilderness,â€ said the writer of Hebrews (3:17).
Today, God shows us the way through the guidance of His Word and the illumination of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). Yet we too can stubbornly ignore His step-by-step guidance. Thatâ€™s why Hebrews says of those disbelieving Israelites, â€œBecause of their unbelief they were not able to enter His restâ€ (3:19). Then the author draws a clear distinction: â€œThey didnâ€™t share the faith of those who listened to God. For only we who believe can enter His restâ€ (4:2-3).
Not finding the right train route is a mere inconvenience. Knowing our ultimate destination in life and yet refusing to follow it is a mistake with eternal consequences.
We may not have a detailed map of every choice and decision to make as we proceed through life. But there’s never any doubt about our ultimate destination, because God himself leads the way there.