Summary: God must be involved in every aspect of our lives.
I can remember being in several strange cities, at night.
A. There was but one question in my mind....”Where
do I go from here”.
1. I realized that there really was a way....a road
that would lead me out of my puzzle...but
a. I can remember driving around southwest
Tulsa....just trying to get to the
1.) We asked for directions, but we
were given bad ones.
2.) It felt like hours until we got out
a.) Pretty much it was by blunder-
ing around.....trying this road...
trying that road.
b.) Oh, how much better, if we
knew the way......if we had
a map, or a guide who knew
how to direct us properly.
Sometimes we get lost in our Christian walk.
A. We might doubt if we are really on the right road...
people have confused us and snatched our
confidence from us.
B. We might be ready to give up because the journey
is so long and we haven’t reached the goal yet.
1. Perhaps it’s dark and it’s cold out there and
we are tired..........when can we rest....when
will it get better?
C. What is the meaning of all this.....so long traveling
and yet, what have I really accomplished?
These thoughts can tear down.....they can destroy and
sidetrack a Christian in his/her walk.
A. Even though we may know the answers to these
questions and thoughts, the overwhelming
pressure that we feel......at these times, may
befuddle the mind.
1. satan is there......you can be sure.....to take
advantage of our doubts and fears.
God’s Word......as in everything else......has the answers.
A. Sometimes they seem too simplistic.
1. The right path is not complicated.....it is
simple.........not easy......but simple.
a. It saves us so much frustration and
goes so far to take away the feeling of
hopelessness and helplessness......WE
I. We set goals for ourselves.......this is good, but
sometimes we become so busy with and working
towards our life’s goals, ........we leave out the most
A. If God is not in our lives, our goals are only
temporal and inferior........our plans do not take
God and His will into account.
Psalm 127:1-2 - 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, They
labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.2 It is vain for you to
rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows...
Luke 12:16-21 - 16Then He spoke a parable to them,
saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded
plentifully. 17“And he thought within himself, saying,
‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
18“So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my
goods. 19‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many
goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink,
and be merry.” ’ 20“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night
your soul will be required of you; then whose will those
things be which you have provided?’ 21“So is he who lays
up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Eccl. 12:13-14 - 13Let us hear the conclusion of the
whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For
this is man’s all.14 For God will bring every work into
judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or
1. If God is not working in and included in our
short term and long term goals.....we will be
building on shifting sand.
a. Men’s plans can change and be changed.
1.) There are too many variables...to
many things that are beyond the
control of man.
a.) Our health.
b.) Other peoples actions (or
c.) The economy.
d.) The changing face of society.
e.) Weaknesses......ours and
b. God knows all of these things and works
them into our plans.
1.) There is nothing that God has not
made provisions for.
a.) If we decide to go forward
with what appears to be the
“best plan”.....and leave God
out of the picture and out of
the planning, we leave out
many of the important factors
that come with God.
II. Related, but not especially the same.....DRAW NEAR
A. There are multiple ways of drawing near to God...
all of these avenues need to be explored.
I Thess. 5:16-22 - 16Rejoice always, 17pray without
ceasing, 18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit.
20Do not despise prophecies. 21Test all things; hold fast
what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.
1. We need to acknowledge what the Lord
has done in our life and REJOICE!