Devotion for August 6, 2023

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

A goal of your daily devotions should be: Guidance. Without God’s input you’re at the mercy of your own best thinking — and that should concern you greatly! The psalmist wrote, “Show me your ways … teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5). God said through the prophet Isaiah: “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16).

The path you take determines your destination, so before you decide to go in a given direction, talk to God. And don’t be surprised when He takes you down a road “you have not known”. You must trust that God knows what He’s doing. Blaise Pascal said, “All of man’s troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” In this fast-paced age you must take time to slow down, collect your thoughts, evaluate what’s happening around you, and get direction from the One who knows the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10). Jesus told His disciples to “come apart” in order to be rejuvenated physically and spiritually (see Mark 6:31). The Bible says, “When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.” (Mark 4:34).

There are certain things God will explain to you only when you take the time to be alone with Him.


Lord, reach out with Your peace and calm my hectic life so that I will hear You when You speak to me. Let me gain wisdom from Your guidance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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