When I was little (very little), my grandma made up little role-playing games for my brother and me. She made us costumes and left us clues all over her house, and my brother and I would set off on our valiant fantasy adventure, following the clues so we could find the treasure.
Sometimes I feel like following God is that way. He leaves us clues to follow, and if we pay close enough attention to what the clues tell us, we’ll stay on the right path. But if we get tired of not knowing all the answers and strike out on our own, who knows where we’ll end up?
Maybe that’s a super-pragmatic way to look at following Jesus, but living by the Bible is something like following a map. God tells us how we’re supposed to live, and once we follow those rules, we end up on a path of His choosing. He tells us how to walk, how to speak, how to act, how to live, and all of those decisions lead us down a road.
Every now and then we come to a fork in the road and the choices we have are good or bad, and He tells us to choose the good road. So we do, and we stay on His path. But then the day comes when we reach a choice between a good path and a good path.
What do you do then? Is one good path actually better than the other? Or are they both equally good?
One thing we can know for sure is that God doesn’t just let His children wander around without guidance. The Bible tells us in Psalm 37:23-24, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” That’s reassuring to me because if I’m one of the godly, that means God is directing my steps.
So what does it mean to be one of the godly? That’s being a Christ-follower, someone who is seeking after Jesus with their whole heart. So if that’s you, be confident. God is directing your steps. God has already seen to every detail of your life with painstaking precision, and He won’t send you down a path He doesn’t want you on.
The road you’re on is better when Jesus is on it with you.
Following Jesus is life’s greatest adventure. If you’re seeking God’s glory instead of your own and trying to be like Jesus with every step, you can’t take a wrong turn. Sure you might misstep one day. You might scrape your knee up or stub your toe. But if you keep Christ front and center in your life, the sky isn’t even the limit for you.
So stay on course. Keep following the map. And once you’re down the road ten years or so you’ll be able to look back and marvel at how far God has brought you. And you’ll rejoice that you’re where God put you. Because it isn’t that a good road becomes better, it’s that the road you’re on is better when Jesus is on it with you.