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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"A Path to the Future"

January 10, 2004

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Show me Your Ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths. Psalm 25:4

In our world of rapid change people spend great sums of money trying to discern the future. Futurism is a big business. Trends, forecasts, economic predictions abound. Fortunetellers, astrologers, palm readers market their shadowy views of the future. We feel we must find the right path for our lives. Who will guide us?

The psalmist knows where to turn. He recognizes that the Word of God is a lamp unto his feet and a light to his path. Obedience to the law of God marks the right path. But the psalmist also confesses the sins of his youth and his rebellious ways (verse 7). Going his own way leads only to confusion, fear, and uncertainly about the future

God makes known His ways to us just as clearly today as He did to Israel of old. His Word reveals the Law, which is good and just and true. But the psalmist also remembers the Lord’s great mercy, as in the next verse he writes, “For You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long” (verse 5). He clings to the forgiveness of a Covenant God who not only shows the way but sends His Son to be “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus walked the path of the Father all the way to Calvary, where He fully paid for the sins of the world.

We turn to God’s Word, where we are reminded of what Christ has done for us. Trusting Him for salvation, we daily seek His ways and His paths. The future holds no fear, for our journey will lead to the heavenly mansions.

Bring on rapid change. Bring on the future. Jesus Christ is our Way.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. Help us to continue to follow you. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit

Today's Bible Readings: Job 3-4    Matthew 8:1-17

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