A woman walked past me the other day with a tote bag over her shoulder that read “Follow Your Own Path.” Sounds good, right? After all, we don’t want to just blindly follow the pack. We are each individuals and are unique in our journeys.
But as I thought about it, the concept could also be very misleading to us as Christ-followers. We are not called to forge our own path but rather to follow Jesus. We are not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) but rather to look to God for guidance and direction.
Isaiah 30:21 tells us: Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.
Jeremiah 7:23: But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:7: For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Ephesians 4:1: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
I could give you more Scriptures, but I think you get where I’m going with this. Yes, each of us has a distinctly individual path to walk, but that path is not our own, nor should it be of our own design, plan, will or wisdom. Our path is marked by God and our calling is to follow Him and let Him direct each step.
So today, let your steps be on the path of His making.
Ruth Schmidt has worked at America’s Keswick since 1985. She currently serves as Administrative Assistant to Bill Welte.