For Christmas in 2005, my family and I went to College Station, TX to spend some time with my aunt’s family. A while back they got a new dog named Duke and, when we go to visit, we enjoy playing with him. Duke is a two year old black lab and he could be considered a perfect candidate for animal Attention Deficit Disorder. One of his favorite things to do is to chase around a laser beam and try his best to pounce on it. Wherever the laser goes, so does Duke and, when we try to put the laser away, Duke will gnaw at the drawer and try to get it back out.
Like Duke, we all choose to be led by something. Sadly, many people choose to follow money, drugs, sex, etc. because they feel that it will guide them to the most abundant life. The only problem is that any satisfaction we get from worldly things is only temporary (Matthew 6:19-21). As Christ-followers though, we can rest assured that God’s plan for our lives is perfect, even though the Christian lifestyle isn’t always easy.
The true path to joy that only God can provide is revealed by the light that God’s word provides. The Bible says in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” Just like Duke was following the light from the laser, if we want to live a truly abundant life, we must go where God’s light (the Bible) leads us. The more we follow the path that God paves for us, the more we will yearn to look to it for guidance—just like Duke when he’d gnaw at the drawer in hopes to be able to follow the light again.
Do you find yourself following things that are of this world? Do you look to God’s word for guidance? The road we’ll travel is not always easy to understand, but as Christ-followers we can rest assured that our Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 20:24); all we have to do is follow the Light. Look to God’s Word—the Holy Bible—for guidance; “do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5b-6).