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​We Rely on God More, When the Path is Unfamiliar

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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.

Is. 42:16

This passage has always baffled me. It doesn’t seem right. Wouldn’t it be better to lead a blind person through a route that they’re familiar with? Doesn’t that make more sense? Better yet, if the blind person regained his sight, he could choose his own path. This passage about blindness revealed my own sightlessness in seeing God’s way.

First of all, I didn’t understand that the sightless person represented God’s people, who were blind to His way. The path of idolatry was more familiar to Israel than God’s way, so they continued to practice it. Yet perpetual idolatry led to physical and spiritual exile. After years of practicing sin, Israel knew the requirements of each false god very clearly. They were the treasured possession of the One True God but his ways were unclear to them. God’s antidote for Israel’s idolatry was to lead her into His way i.e. a path they weren’t familiar with. Why? Because being led down an unfamiliar path, would cause them to rely on God instead of themselves.

Even though we don’t literally serve idols it is still possible to possess Israel’s mentality. We can live contrary to God’s way and have no concept of what He requires. A few years ago, I was deeply hurt because of a disagreement with a close friend. She was unaware of a dangerous sin in her life that could’ve caused the demise of her marriage, which was already shaky. I appealed to her from a heart of love, and followed the biblical pattern of dealing with a sister in sin. Even though that was the case, she still became quickly offended and insisted that I was mistaken. That disagreement etched itself into my soul for several years and every time I thought about it, I would become very angry. Since I attempted to stay true to the pattern of Scripture, I felt my anger was justified. I saw my ire as a “righteous anger” that permitted my disassociation with her until she repented. Constantly choosing the path of unforgiveness gradually made me blind to the possibility of restoration. When the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin, I asked the Lord to forgive me and he did. But He made it clear that part of the forgiveness was to remove myself from the way unforgiveness I was accustomed to. At first, I had my doubts and I didn’t see how I could let my feelings about that disagreement go. But God reminded me that I was blind and taking the familiar road of depending on myself would inevitably lead me to death. My job was not to lead, it was to trust. It has taken a few years, but there has been some restoration in that relationship. But more importantly, I understand my helplessness when it comes to pleasing Him. I know that I can’t go through life without him leading me. I’ve tripped and fell a few times on God’s path of forgiveness, but he is always faithful. He picks me up and continues to take me down His path, because it leads to life. 

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