Which Way Do We Go?

     As many of you know, I enjoy a good walk. I particularly like walking on trails close to nature but I have learned to stay on the trail. There is a certain sense of foreboding that overtakes a person when he realizes that he might be a little bit lost. Yes, it has happened to me which is why now I am insecure without a compass.

     As many of you also know we have a granddaughter, Lucy. Lucy is a blessing as are all grandchildren. I have this idea that one day Lucy will take long walks with me. Right now, however, she will walk only if it is to go to the playground or to get a treat. I can’t say I blame her because I don’t think I was enamored of walking for the sake of walking at her age.

     We sometimes now do walk from our house to the little park near our neighborhood fire station. Along the way she will ask a time or two, “Which way do we go?” We found a shortcut to the park and she wants to be sure we do not miss it. There is great joy for an old man to see things again through the young eyes of a child.

     I am thinking about that simple little question from a spiritual perspective. “Which way do we go?” is a good question and a practical one to ask ourselves as we move through our lives.

     The first thing that comes to mind is another question: “How do we decide which way to go?” For me it is settled by Jeremiah 10:23: “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” Like many of us, for the first part of my life I considered myself to be in complete control. I was not interested in direction from others unless there was an immediate reward involved. But my sense of self-direction was impaired and very faulty.

     Through the love and kindness of others I came to see that the source of true answers about this life did not come from within me. Those answers come from God. The living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17) will provide the best answer to the question, “Which way do we go?” Let’s apply this principle in three practical and yet controversial areas.

     Which way do I go when it comes to matters of personal morality? Students are faced with opportunities to cheat. People in business have to decide to tell the whole truth. Men and women have to determine that they will be faithful to their mates. Young people and those not so young have to decide whether or not they will “flee fornication” (1 Corinthians 6:18). We will do well and be blessed if we consider all of our moral decisions as being made in the presence of God Himself.

     Which way do I go when it comes to my family? The foundation of family is marriage which was designed by God Himself (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is not a casual relationship to move in and out of based on temporal and earthly considerations. The only cause that God recognizes for divorce is unfaithfulness on part of one of the persons in the marriage (Matthew 19:1-12). Divorce rates are going down these days but the reason seems to be an increase in cohabitation, not an increase in devotion to God. Marriage is a promise that God expects us to keep.

     Which way do I go when it comes to my spiritual life? The answer Solomon gave long ago works just as well today: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (KJV). Our walk here determines where we will walk in eternity. We can find pathways that promise an easier, more beautiful or materially rewarding walk. But what is at the end of those trails? A walk in the light of God keeps us in His presence (1 John 1:5-10).

     Which way will you go?