I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. (Isaiah 42:16)
God is in the business of calling us to walk on unfamiliar paths as we live out His plan and purpose for our lives. Why? Because God calls us to do things we have never done in ways we have never done them; and that, beloved, requires us to walk along unfamiliar paths. But don’t forget the promise; God is our guide every step of the way.
To be sure, we are all far more comfortable with the familiar. Think about the way you go to school or work during the week and to church on Sunday. Don’t you follow the same route when you travel? We all do that, and we do it because it is easy and comforting to go the way we have always gone. But God is calling us to do new works, and new works demand new ways, and new ways are unfamiliar. But this should not trouble us, because we have a wonderful promise on theses unfamiliar paths: God is our guide!
Perhaps God is calling you to an unfamiliar path in your professional life. Follow His lead, because He has promised to guide you. Maybe God is calling you to an unfamiliar path in your personal life. Follow His lead, because He has promised to guide you. Possibly God is calling you to an unfamiliar path in your school life. Follow His lead, because He has promised to guide you every step of the way.
When we don’t know the way because the path is unfamiliar, we must remember that Jesus is the Way. And as long as He is guiding us, we are safe and secure and we will ultimately reach the intended destination He has set before us. Remember, inasmuch as our paths are unfamiliar to us, they are not unfamiliar to Him. He has walked all of them before us, and now He has promised to walk all of them with us as our Guide.
So regardless of where this finds you today, unfamiliar paths are the best way to travel through life because God is the One who is leading us along them. Keep looking to Him, and praise Him for the unfamiliar paths, because eventually what was once unfamiliar and uncomfortable will become familiar and comfortable . . . until the next time He leads you to a new unfamiliar path!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!