“Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” –Hosea 14:9
My way is the right way when Lexi and I go for a walk. I’m the leader.* I avoid construction zones, broken glass, gravel slopes, and tangled underbrush. I try to save Lexi from slipping, falling in a hole, getting snagged, or getting hurt. But when she resists me—when she pulls or doubles back—she loses her footing or gets tangled in her leash. Even on my “right” path, Lexi stumbles. God’s way is the right way when we walk with him. Yet even when we’re on the right path, we can stumble. If we resist God, we get tangled up and lose our footing. Rebelling doesn’t always mean going the wrong way. It can be resisting every step of the right way. The rebellious stumble in the Lord’s ways, but the righteous walk in them.
Dear God, Teach me not to resist you and rebel against your ways so that I won’t stumble. Amen
*Readers know we’re still working on it.