“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” (Proverbs 4:26)
Stepping out of the house, I saw it. My rear tire on my pick-up truck was low and more than that, it was leaking air quickly. I knew I had only moments before I would be stranded in my driveway or on the side of the road. Jumping in and driving to the nearest air pump at a convenience store, I applied the air hose to the situation. However, it was still leaking from the stem. My next stop would be to the tire store for a quick stem replacement. What they found was not only a stem problem but a nail stuck in the center of my tread, still spewing air. It was double trouble, but not a hard fix.
Sometimes, that’s the story with our lives. On a daily basis we need to “review our ride.” Walking around our vehicle for an inspection is something we need to practice every day. Our lives are much more important than our vehicles! Assuming there is no problem is a sure fire way to meet one eventually. So, what are we to do on days like today? The biblical writer says it well, “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” It’s a two-prong approach to prevent being stranded spiritually.
First, we need to think about where we are headed and where we are walking right now. It requires more than a glance but a careful look. Spend time, even now, thinking about the direction of your life. Second, “be steadfast in all your ways.” That means to be diligent in the disciplines of your life. The discipline of a quiet time and devotional reading is essential. As you read the Word of God, ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into your heart as well as your feet. Trust Him to show you the problems ahead as well as the present ones beneath the soles of your shoes. Remember, most moral failures are slow leaks, not blowouts! What’s that sound?