"The Good & Beautiful God" -Part 3 (Psalm 23:3)
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his nameʼs sake.
No one likes to make decisions when they are full of anxiety. We know that in order to make the right choice, it is best when our minds and souls are at ease. Thankfully, God first desires to refresh our souls and then guides us down the right paths. Take time to focus on relaxing before thinking about the paths you are facing. Loosen your jaw, release tension in your shoulders, and take five deep and slow breaths.
Picture. In order to determine which paths are right, we must have an idea of what wrong paths look like. Envision yourself walking along a road. Suddenly, you look up and see many forks in the road. Some are right paths and some are not. Some have big signs that say “marriage” and “retirement”, while others are much smaller and say things like “make peace with this person” or “be patient with that person”. Imagine yourself choosing one of those paths. Walk down it and imagine what your life would be like. Can you picture God walking with you down that path? Why or why not?
Ask yourself. Psalm 23:3 talks about many right paths, not just one. God gives us a variety of good options to choose. You may be in a place where you’re facing many right and wrong paths. How do you know when a path is right? What signs and hints do you experience when you’re headed down a right and good path? How do you feel when you choose a wrong path?
Moving forward. The right path is rarely the easiest. Last Sunday, Laurie talked about the God of the Rearview Mirror. When we look back on our good decisions we see how difficult a path was while we walked it, but how proud we are to have taken it. Take heart if you are on a right but difficult path, because God is with you through it all. If you feel you are walking on a path that is neither right nor good, know that God is patiently waiting for you to choose a life giving path. He will walk with you to it and remain by your side through it.
"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you" Zephaniah 3:17
By Oceanhills Protege, Jordan Kaech