2014-02-06 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Walking With God
From The Upper Room
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Read Psalm 16:1-11

The psalmist wrote, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. . . . You make known to me the path of life.”

Psalm 16:8, 11 (NIV)

I was taking our new puppy for a walk. He strained on the lead and pulled ahead. Then he stopped behind me, sniffing an interesting smell. A little further down the path, I let him off the lead and he ran off and frightened someone coming from the other way. How much easier this would be, I thought, if he would just walk beside me.

Sometimes in my walk with God I am way too much like my dog — racing ahead, lagging behind, being distracted by this good thing and that, making unwise choices. How much better it would be to walk side by side with God! That way I can be encouraged by God’s presence and guided and enthused by God’s purpose for me, instead of by my own plans.

My dog is now older, and walking him is a pleasure as he stays beside me and follows my lead. Hopefully I am also learning to obediently stay close to God, trusting God to instruct and guide me.

Ann Stewart

(South Australia, Australia)

Thought for the Day: Go to devotional. upperroom.org/blog to see a picture of Ann’s puppy, Gordy.

Prayer: Dear God of all wisdom, help us to follow where you lead. Amen.

Prayer Focus: To have a closer walk with God

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