Ask for guid­ance if you’ve strayed away from his path

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I left God be­hind when I went to col­lege and then got a job. Now I’m in my 40s and go­ing through some tough times, and I can’t help but won­der if God is pun­ish­ing me for ig­nor­ing him all these years. Is he be­hind the trou­bles I’m hav­ing?

If you went for a walk in the woods, but then de­cided to wan­der off the path, and found your­self sur­rounded by a thicket of thorns and poi­son ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the per­son who built the path? No, of course not.

In­stead you’d blame your­self if you were hon­est, be­cause you alone were re­spon­si­ble for wan­der­ing from the path.

In a far deeper way, this is what hap­pens when we de­cide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wan­der­ing away from him doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence; it may even seem eas­ier and freer. But even­tu­ally it catches up with us — just as wan­der­ing off that path and into the thicket caught up with you. The Bi­ble warns, “You may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

In other words, life is full of moral and spir­i­tual “thick­ets” and pit­falls that can hurt us or even de­stroy us. But God loves us, and he doesn’t want this to hap­pen to us. In­stead, he wants to guide us in right paths, and to be with us ev­ery step of the way.

Don’t stay in the thicket; don’t stay away from God any longer. In­stead, turn to him in re­pen­tance and faith, ask­ing him to for­give you for your sins, and giv­ing your life to Je­sus Christ. God’s prom­ise is true: “Great peace have those who love your law, and noth­ing can make them stum­ble” (Psalm 119:165).

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