Follow The Son

Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Isaiah 30:21b – Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left. (NLT)

The road was covered by shade … with the exception of one spot.

The highway leading to the church that I pastor meanders through miles of country. Acres of forest line each side of the road, making for a shady drive. I found that one of the only two turns that I have to make is often difficult to see because of the numerous trees — until I spotted a landmark. As I drove along, looking for my turn, I noticed a stream of sunlight arch across the highway. This was the only break in miles of shade, and it was the exact spot for my turn. If I follow the sun, I never miss the road.

Isaiah reminded his listeners that God would do the same for them. God was behind, in front of, and all around them. If they would listen and look, they'd never miss or make a wrong turn.

My wife tells me that I'm directionally challenged, and she's right. Our car has no built-in compass, so what seems like east to me might be west, and north might be south. I travel by road numbers; she looks for landmarks. She can get us where we need to go; I can get us lost.

I've lost my way in life more times than I care to remember. My misplacement came because I wasn't listening to or looking for the Son. When I turned where He told me, I always arrived at the correct destination, but if I turned where I thought that it looked like a good road, I wound up at the wrong place and with the wrong people.

Since God sees the beginning, the end, and everything in between, it only makes sense to consult Him for life's directions. He will shine the light where I need to turn and prompt me when I need to take another direction. His Word provides a road map, and His Spirit gives me wisdom to read it or hear His promptings clearly. Busyness, selfishness, and misplaced priorities will cause me to miss my turns. A sold-out heart to the Son will get me where I need to go every time.

Look for the light. The Son will never lead you in the wrong direction.

Prayer: Father, as You shine Your light to guide our paths, give us wisdom and courage to follow where You lead. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great devotional, thank you.

    True indeed.

    Great lesson Martin. We all need to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice to keep us on the right path.

    Thanks, Martin, for sharing this devotional with us. Yes, may we always follow the Sonlight! Blessings.

    Thank you dear brother!
    I always appreciate your (well, God through you) Devotional’s.

    God’s love for us is overwhelming and sufficient for those who have a mind to ask Him to show us the way.

    Excellent devotional Martin…a very good reading for me to start this Sunday.
    Thank you,

    With GPS on most vehicles and phones and such, seems like many people might feel they don’t need “GOD” for directions, but of course, how wrong they are.
    Great reflection to guide is to follow Him.
    God bless you,

    Thanks for a wonderful reminder to look to God for direction. Like you, I have often forged ahead on my own plan and find it foiled and problems ensue. Only then do I resort to God for help. Human nature being what it is, it does require a lifetime of learning for most of us! Glad your wife is able to offer guidance when needed. Kudos to you for sharing the weaknesses as well as the strengths we all portray. Blessings.

    Thank you for this message. It coincided with the message I heard from a pastor that I follow on Sunday morning. It was Christian freedom Col 2:16-23, He explains verse by verse. I can read the Bible and I don’t understand what I read, but after it is explained I can read it and understand. I like to hear about a personal relationship with Jesus. The true religion — Christ and the false religion was human. “Not denial of self, but death of self. At the foot of the cross.

    Your Devotional was very timely, as just the night before, I was reading something that I had written about 10 years ago. It wasn’t a shady road that I was driving on but a very foggy day where I couldn’t see very far ahead of me. I, too, was worrying about seeing when I needed to turn off the highway. When I came to the spot where I needed to turn, that spot as well was bathed in light, and the light continued until I reached my destination. My life at that time was also very foggy, and it gave me hope that I didn’t have to worry so much about knowing what direction to choose in my life, as it would be clear when the time came.
    Thank you for writing these Devotionals. They always come at exactly the right moment!

    Dear Martin Wiles,
    People are different!
    I must have a map, because I get lost if I don’t know what is north, south, east, or west.
    But the terrain in southern Manitoba where I do my driving is mostly open prairie with straight roads that mostly run N, E, S, or W. If I drove where you drive, I’d probably have to use some of your tactics.
    Yet in whatever circumstances, your application and prayer are applicable.
    Keep writing, for Christ’s glory.

    Hi Martin
    Thank you for your devotional.
    You are right — we need to consult our GPS, the Bible quite often.

    This was a wonderful devotional. Thank you for writing it. “Look for the Light”: words to live by.

    Just a thought for your consideration and further your analogy, Martin.
    What happens when our view of the sun is obliterated by heavy clouds? In the same token: What happens when our view of the Son is obliterated by “heavy clouds”?

    Dear Mr. Wiles,
    Regarding your PresbyCan Daily Devotional for July 16/17 – “Follow the Son”.
    I would like to reproduce this devotion in our upcoming newsletter for my church.
    Ours is a church family struggling with declining membership and financial resources, as so many other churches are these days. Your words touched me deeply, as a reminder of where our Session, Board of Managers, and congregation will need to stay focused in the coming months and years, in any and all decisions made regarding the direction we, as Christ’s church, are being called.
    Thank you.

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