“And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet (yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction), so that the lame and halting (limbs) may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.” (Heb. 12:13) 

When I was young, my cousin Freddie and I would walk to the elementary school. On the property was a maze building made out of concrete. 

Freddie, of course, was very familiar with the maze, however since I was just visiting, the ins and outs of this concrete edifice was unfamiliar territory to me. The walls seemed so high and the passageways very narrow leading to tight corners and dead ends with great places for him to hide. Sometimes my cousin would hide then jump out to scare me, only to abandon me to find my way out alone. 

This reminded me of my own path in life with the twists and turns, dead ends, narrow passageways, and at times feeling abandoned and fearful with unexpected surprises. 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2Tim. 1:7) 

Do you ever feel your life is like finding your way through a maze at times? Do you ever think the things that happen in your life just don’t make sense? You have many twists and turns, dead ends, pathways that seem to lead to nowhere? Do you ever wonder where God is through it all? 

When we find ourselves in these situations, we can be tempted to give up and turn back. However, turning back is never an option. When we attempt to turn back, we still have to retrace our steps going back through the same twists, turns, and dead ends which only leads to confusion. 

“For no temptation has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man. But God is faithful and He cannot let you be tempted and tried beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will also provide the way out that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (1Corin. 10:13)

 

 

 

 


                           

 

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find yourself stuck, not knowing which way to turn, take the following steps:

 

1)      Stop and stay calm –

“But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-  restrained and alert therefore for (the practice of) prayer.” (1Pet. 4:7)

 

2)      Pray –

“Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise (to God).” (James 5:13)

 

3)      Reaffirm God’s Word (preferably out loud) –

“It has been written–,” (Matt. 4:4)

“Jesus said to him (the devil), On the other hand, it is written-“ (Matt. 4:7)

“For it has been written-,” (Matt. 4:10)

 

4)      Thanksgiving and Praise –

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Phil. 4:6)

 

As a child, the walls on that maze seemed so high, and the passageways seemed impossible to maneuver around to find my way out. 

 

The mazes of our lives may seem insurmountable with no way out but let’s remember, we are being led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus is walking through these things with us, and the Father guides us by His eye until they bring us through.

 

DEVOTION

                           Week of 08/02/15

 

                                      “THE MAZE”

 

“And cut through and make firm and plain and smooth, straight paths for your feet (yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right direction), so that the lame and halting (limbs) may not be put out of joint, but rather may be cured.” (Heb. 12:13)

 

When I was young, my cousin Freddie and I would walk to the elementary school. On the property was a maze building made out of concrete.

 

Freddie, of course, was very familiar with the maze, however since I was just visiting, the ins and outs of this concrete edifice was unfamiliar territory to me. The walls seemed so high and the passageways very narrow leading to tight corners and dead ends with great places for him to hide. Sometimes my cousin would hide then jump out to scare me, only to abandon me to find my way out alone.

 

This reminded me of my own path in life with the twists and turns, dead ends, narrow passageways, and at times feeling abandoned and fearful with unexpected surprises.

 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2Tim. 1:7)

 

Do you ever feel your life is like finding your way through a maze at times? Do you ever think the things that happen in your life just don’t make sense? You have many twists and turns, dead ends, pathways that seem to lead to nowhere? Do you ever wonder where God is through it all?

 

When we find ourselves in these situations, we can be tempted to give up and turn back. However, turning back is never an option. When we attempt to turn back, we still have to retrace our steps going back through the same twists, turns, and dead ends which only leads to confusion.

 

“For no temptation has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man. But God is faithful and He cannot let you be tempted and tried beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will also provide the way out that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (1Corin. 10:13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you find yourself stuck, not knowing which way to turn, take the following steps:

 

1)      Stop and stay calm –

“But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-  restrained and alert therefore for (the practice of) prayer.” (1Pet. 4:7)

 

2)      Pray –

“Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise (to God).” (James 5:13)

 

3)      Reaffirm God’s Word (preferably out loud) –

“It has been written–,” (Matt. 4:4)

“Jesus said to him (the devil), On the other hand, it is written-“ (Matt. 4:7)

“For it has been written-,” (Matt. 4:10)

 

4)      Thanksgiving and Praise –

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Phil. 4:6)

 

As a child, the walls on that maze seemed so high, and the passageways seemed impossible to maneuver around to find my way out. 

 

The mazes of our lives may seem insurmountable with no way out but let’s remember, we are being led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus is walking through these things with us, and the Father guides us by His eye until they bring us through.