The eyes of so many teenagers (and adults) speak of such confusion. By the actions people take they are obviously confused about who they are and where they are going. The number of teenagers and college students that are binge drinking and engaging in so many other risky behaviors is more than it needs to be. Living life from one hang over to the next seems like an empty and dangerous way to live, yet so many people live this life. It is as if they are lost. Getting lost can be a very scary thing because within it comes a desire to not look foolish while you look for the way. This leads to behaviors that wouldn’t otherwise be done.
Not all paths are helpful paths, leading us to godliness. Every decision you make takes you further down a path. The question is, which path are you on and is it where you want to be?
If we are all on a journey that we call life, then it is important to stop to ask which way we are going and which way we should be going.
What do the signs say?
In our life journey it is the Word of God that makes up the signs we are to be following. If you were on a path somewhere, you would stop and look around occasionally to make sure that you were on the right path. If you have a map, it would be helpful to stop and orient yourself to the map on occasion. This is the same thing with the Bible. Stopping to check where we are will help us determine what is shaping ou thinking and also our actions. When our mind is affected, it sinks into the heart and shapes the actions you take. We need to be careful.
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,” Proverbs 2:1
The Word of God, His commands and directions are what will lead us in the right direction. If you are not reading your Bible at all, you will have a hard time knowing which way to go. Of course you can guess, but guessing won’t have the same success rate as God’s way.
Who are you following?
Are you all alone on this path, or is there someone ahead of you? Is the path overgrown and hard to navigate, or has someone cleared a path for you?
“turning your ear to wisdom, an applying your heart to understanding,” -Proverbs 2:2
Maybe following someone is not always about seeing, but about listening. That means being willing to take directions, if that person is a worthy person to follow. I mean, the person it front of you better know the road, if not you will all go off the road.
It is important to know who to follow. We need to follow God. When we come to know Him as our Lord, we make a decision to follow Him. This involves listening.
“and if you call our for insight and cry out for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure.” Proverbs 2:3-4
How do you maintain a relationship with anyone? You talk to them. God wants a relationship with you. We see that God gives knowledge to those that ask for it. And then when they find it, they guard it.
Wisdom is something we need to seek because it doesn’t just fall off the trees as we walk by them. It doesn’t just appear in our brain, but God gives it to us when we seek Him for it.
Are you staying on the trail?
“for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:8
See there is great safety on the trail. Staying on the trail keeps you from danger, from traps, from places where something will grab you.
Peer Pressure is one that you face everyday. Being committed to wisdom and going that direction protects you and provides you with the ability to know where the path is and where the path ends. Of course people will try to entice you to do things that you know are wrong, but you need to know right and wrong. God’s wisdom safeguards your steps. This wisdom is not just something you fill our minds with, it is something your heart does.
Have you taken a short cut?
Short cuts are not always the right way. If you veer off a path, you might find yourself in a dangerous place and maybe even missing out on something.
“Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.” Proverbs 2:20
You need to walk in the ways of good men in the paths of the righteous. This means standing out, being different and going through some difficulty with the understand that one day you will see things clearly.
Which way are you headed? What is the path that you are walking? Are you paying attention to what you are letting steer you? Are you making decisions based on the truth of God’s Word or based on just what seems to be good?
It is so important to have a clear direction before being presented with some appealing path. This is where I believe college and high school students run into problems. They just don’t know who they are and what they stand for. Each of us needs to know what we are about and where we are headed. Also, those of us who influence children need to pass that on to them as well. The only way we will turn this cycle of destruction around is with God’s Word.