LOSING OUR WAY
Many times in my Christian life, I feel that I have fallen short and many times I know that I have simply lost my way. Can you relate? Have you ever felt like this in your personal life?
The Christian life is comparable to a journey that has many twists and turns, ups and downs, traps and pitfalls designed by the enemy, and an abundant supply of God’s inexhaustible grace. In fact, were if not for God’s grace that lifts me up when I’m down, that sustains me when I’m spiritually famished, I would not have come this far.
I love the Lord but sometimes I am overwhelmed by the worries of this life such as job security, personal safety, and providing the needs of my family. Then there’s temptation. And during those times the only thing “real” to me is the desire to fulfill what the flesh has so powerfully induced my mind to achieve.
These past few weeks, I felt that I have lost my way. My focus was so discombobulated that I don’t even know what I want to do, or, where do I go from this point to that point, and how to accomplish what I have set as my personal goals. It’s not only frustrating but it’s draining me of my joy and has greatly reduced my effectiveness in the ministry.
I was languishing in apathy, suffering greatly from lethargic disengagement. And no matter how hard I try to overcome, I just can’t seem to work it out. Sometimes in our zeal to find quick fixes to our problems we try different ways. And unknowingly, by doing this, we wander away from the right way. But no matter how many ways we try, how many paths we walk by, there is only one way and that is the Jesus’ way. Finally, I decided to pray long and hard. I lifted all my worries and all the burdens that I have in my heart to the Lord who loves to listen to His children.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. I realized that the only way for me to remain focus is to stay close to God, otherwise I will be distracted.
One good thing I’ve learned from this experience is that Jesus himself will lead us back if we seek Him and submit our will and desire to His leading and sovereignty. When He said that He is the way, it is an overarching testament to His glorious and wonderful plan for our lives. He will not only lead us into the right path but He will pick us up when we go astray.
Jesus is the good shepherd and looks after His sheep. In John 10:11, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”. In fact, He already died in order to save us.
Dear God, today I come before you with humility and earnestness. I have lost my way for some time and I feel that I am going around in circles without any visibility on how I could get over this misery. I acknowledged that I have sinned against you. Forgive me, oh Lord. Show me the way, and lead me into your presence. I surrender my will into yours as I seek your will in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.