If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by someone or something else." (Eric Liddell) 

The majority of folks get their sense of direction, as well as their general sense of right and wrong, from their peers. I would say that this applies to most believers as well. We let the group do our thinking for us: what we should want, what we should like, what we should do, and where we should go. This is why sins such as racism, gossip, and greed are overlooked in some circles, while "sins" such as voting the wrong way or listening to the wrong music are accentuated and considered central.

Getting guidance from God means that you'll often stand alone, but it also means that you'll see more clearly than the rest. As David said, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105)

Our challenge is to look to God, not culture for guidance — not even the evangelical Christian subculture. Let God's Word establish your steps and dictate your values.

This gave Noah the courage to build a boat and Moses the courage to cross the Red Sea. It enabled Joshua to have the courage to say, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." It caused David to pick up five smooth stones and Elijah to stand up to the prophets of Baal. It empowered Jesus to speak up for the woman caught in adultery and allowed Peter to confront the Sanhedrin.

Letting God chart your course may separate you from the “in-crowd” but it will also bring purpose and power into your life. Pray that God will give you just enough light to stay on your path.


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