By Allen Teal, chaplain Rolla Presbyterian Manor
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit. (Matthew 15:14, NIV).
The image conjured up by this verse is sad. Someone who claims to know the way is leading someone who doesn’t. Eventually, both of them wind up in a place that they do not want to be—“they fall into a pit.” If you are going to follow a guide, it is important that the guide is competent.
1. We cannot go anywhere that God has not already been.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2, NIV).
We’ve all heard directions that begin with, “you can’t get there from here.” While it is an old joke, it is never encouraging to hear. We need to be directed by someone who has personal experience along the route. It helps if they can warn us about the pitfalls and hazards. God always knows the way and the problems that we may face. In John 14, Jesus told his disciples, “I am the way…” No one ever gets lost by following the Lord.
2. We will never face anything that God has not overcome.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15, NIV).
Life can seem like climbing a mountain. We get by one problem just in time to face another one. Difficult times seem to only emphasize our weaknesses. We need a guide to help us triumphantly face the tough times. The Lord has been there. Author Barry Finlay said it this way, “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
3. God only leads us down right paths.
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23, New Living Translation (NLT)).
If you will let them, there always seems to be someone who will steer you down the wrong road. “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (Proverbs 14:12, NLT). The Lord knows the way that will take us where we need to go. He will never mislead or deceive those who follow him. Follow God, and you will never wind up in the pit.