How Can I Choose the Right Path?

“That we may do those good works which God predestined for us…”  Ephesians 2: 10

In life, we often have important decisions to make and wonder – How can I choose the right path?  It’s not always easy to hear the whisper of God, but we do know that he is Ever-present in our lives.  He has made provision for our decisions so that we can know which path to choose.

Predestined means preordained and appointed by God. He has preordained and planned before hand what your purpose is on the earth. He has used the situations in your life up to this very moment to teach you and prepare you for His purpose for your life.

We can’t clearly see what God sees. It is only after we pass through a situation that we see it clearly. Then we can look down from a higher perspective and see what good came out of it, what we learned, and how God will use it. I know how it is to be in the middle of a bad situation, wondering what good could possibly come out of it. At that point we cannot see what God sees. That is why all along the way and in every situation we must learn to listen to His voice. His ways are so much higher than our ways.  He has a plan that we can’t see, so we must listen to His voice and choose the right way, the high way.

I believe God sets up situations just for learning purposes. He wants us to learn from our past mistakes, so we will make better choices and take the right path the next time. Paul said that if we take the path which He planned ahead of time that we will live the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live. That does not mean we will not encounter difficult situations anymore once we learn to walk on the high way.  But it does mean we will always have a clear path to walk on during those difficult times. That’s why we go through hard times so that we learn how to identify God’s ways and God’s path that leads us through the valleys and hardships of life.

Resist the Snare

”That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:26

If you are aware of the plan of the enemy, you can choose to stay on the path God has set for you.  God has a great plan for your life and the way to get there.  It is a higher way than you have traveled in the past.

The Highway, like a major interstate, is a faster and smoother way.  The old way is like a back road, a gravel road with holes and traps to fall into.
Resist the fleeting thoughts:

Have you ever been driving down the interstate, and all of a sudden with one fleeting thought you decide to exit off and take the back road?  The back roads will slow you down and hinder you from getting to your desired destination.  So, we must all resist these thoughts.  Take every thought captive, especially those thoughts that lead you astray.  The thought may be as simple as, “I would rather take the scenic route,” but you fail to remember it was the scenic road that led you off course before.  We must learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them.  Once you are on the Highway, stay on it and resist fleeting thoughts that get you off track.  Stay on Isaiah 35:8, the Highway of Holiness.

A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35: 8-10