Week 4 / You Are Guided in Christ!
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Hebrews tells us “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” That hope has a name, Jesus Christ and the testimony about him and his rescue found in the Bible. May you rest in him during these scary, frustrating times…
There is this ancient spiritual practice called the labyrinth. Maybe you’ve used this practice yourself in your own spiritual life. It’s a practice stretching back to the early Church. The earliest known labyrinth is in a church in Algeria from AD 350.
At first glance, the path of a labyrinth looks like a maze, but there are no dead ends—it only looks that way. Created out of hedges or simple stone tiles, the path of a labyrinth has multiple twists and turns as it winds its way into the center, taking the Christian to an area for resting, prayer, and meditation.
The labyrinth is meant as a metaphor for our lives: While the path twists and turns, it marches forward with purpose to carry us toward the center destination, and back out again. As you engage this practice you realize that who you are as a child of God is a guided child. You’re not left alone, wandering in the dark. The twists and turns of the labyrinth path create a confusing, uncertain experience, yet they always end in a clear destination. The same is true for life.
The prophet Samuel declares the Lord is our lamp who lightens our darkened journey. David felt the guiding presence throughout his life, saying God is a God who guides us with his counsel until we die. The writer of Proverbs says God guides us on straight paths, similar to our spiritual practice. And Jesus says he is our life-giving light, so that none of us walk in darkness.
Though life may seem twisty and foggy, it isn’t—because our true identity is as a child guided by a loving Father.
Our Anchor-Hope Reminders from the Bible:
For you are my lamp, O LORD,
and my God lightens my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:29 esv
For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
Psalm 48:14 nlt
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Psalm 73:24 niv
I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:11–12 hcsb
“I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you for your benefit,
who leads you in the way you should go.”
Isaiah 48:17b hcsb
Then Jesus said, “I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.”
John 8:12 tpt
He is the perfect Father who leads us all, works through us all, and lives in us all!
Ephesians 4:6 tpt
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