You know, when you start down the wrong path, it can be a problem. I remember as a Boy Scout, we were canoeing deep in the wilderness along the Minnesota and Canadian border. Our guide steered us to a faint trail on the shore of the lake. We landed and hoisted the canoes and supplies on our backs to carry them to the next lake on our planned route. However, it was the wrong path! The guide had read the map wrong! We ended up hauling everything much further to a little puddle of a lake. After puzzling over the map a bit, we decided not to haul everything back. We crossed the small lake and portaged over to a different branch of the lake we planned to visit. It was a lot of work and the trail between the lakes was soft and muddy. But we finally got back on track.
The third verse of the 23rd Psalm says God leads us in the paths of righteousness. Maybe you haven’t thought about this before. But one way God cares for us is guiding our path. He won’t steer us wrong, unlike our Boy Scout guide!
This passage is not really about helping us make decisions. It is more about how to live an ethical life. God points us to the path of righteousness, where we won’t fall away from him. Follow his lead!
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