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Sunday, May 11, 2014

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I have problems with directions. Every time I have moved to a new apartment in Moscow, it has taken me some time to feel comfortable finding my way home. It has taken even longer to walk some distance to neighborhood shops and back home without having turned on the wrong street corner. Just a few days ago, after having lived in the same apartment for some time, I couldn’t identify and find my large apartment building among the other large apartment buildings after going for a neighborhood walk.

You can imagine how difficult I find it to navigate a big city like Moscow. You would think that I would be careful before going anywhere. The problem is I like to make independent decisions and not depend on others about my driving, my travels, and about where I go in life.

The Israelites had the same problem with their independent spirit, prompting Jeremiah to write, "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps" (10:23, NIV).

It’s not up to us to direct our steps because our sinful disorientation points us in the wrong direction. The inspired pen of Proverbs says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." As if to underscore the point, this passage appears twice in the book--in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25.

So what is the solution to finding our way? In Moscow, I have been saved by my electronic navigator. In my life, I have been saved by Jesus. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," Jesus said in John 14:6.

Prayer: “Dear God, too many times I have sought to direct my own steps. This was a mistake. I put my day into Your hands. Lead me, and I will follow You home. Amen.”

Andrew McChesney
Journalist in Russia.