Follow the Leader


I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side (Psalm 16:8, Common English Bible).

Most all of us, at least as children, have played the game “Follow the Leader.” Everyone gets in a line and begins walking. As everyone walks the leader does different things, different motions, and everyone in the line follows their lead. The participants imitate the leader. Sometimes the hardest part of the game is for the kids to decide who is going to be the “leader.”

We can all take a lesson from the children’s game with a couple of differences. First, we already have our leader. In our verse for today the psalmist reminds us of the need to put the Lord in front of us. If God is in front of us, we have our leader. And second, while we all are supposed to follow the leader’s instructions, those instructions aren’t the same for all of us.

When I read today’s Scripture verse, my mind went to one verse of the hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” The verse says, “The cross before me, the world behind me.” The picture of the open road above is a powerful image to me. The cross hanging from the rear view mirror would remind us of God before us, while actually in the rear view mirror is the world as viewed from outer space. “The world behind me, the cross before me.”

God offers each of us grace. It is a free gift. Nothing we ever do can warrant or justify that gift. What is left for us is to decide if we will accept the gift and put God before us and the world behind us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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