THE IMPORTANCE OF WALKING IN GOD'S WAYS
David's life was restored when he finally acknowledged and confessed his sin to the Lord. The discipline of God was lifted from him, and God's blessing continued to flow into his life again. As a result, David gave instruction and teaching to others to follow the ways of God. He said, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you (Psalm 32:8-9)." There are only two ways to live on this earth: we either live for the world or the Lord, and there is no in-between. It is considered that we live for the world when we live for ourselves. Just like the horse or a mule, it can only choose to go one way: either to follow its master's way or its own way. The master of the horse has to use the bit and bridle to control the horse, but the expectation of our Heaven Father is that we will have an understanding of how to follow Him; therefore, we do not need to be controlled like the horse.
We have to be willing to follow the ways of God. God is instructing and teaching us through His Word (the Bible) on how we should live our lives. We have to be willing to learn and apply what God is teaching us, or we will not be able to live according to God's ways. God's instructions and teachings are there to protect us from walking in the wrong way that leads to despair and destruction. God loves us so much that He is instructing and teaching us the right way. Let us not become a stubborn horse or a mule. Let us surrender to His will because, in the end, His ways will last forever. There are many things that we do not know about the future, but God does. God knows what is best for us because He can see the future.
David concluded Psalm 32 by writing, "Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! (Psalm 32:10-11)."
Questions for application: (Think through these questions carefully, meditate on them while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you). Am I willing to learn and apply God's instructions and teachings in my life? Why is it necessary for me to walk in God's ways? Can I live both for myself and God?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, please forgive me if I am being stubborn and not willing to learn from you and listen to your instructions. Would you please change my heart and help me to walk in your way. I do not want to ruin my life, and your ways always lead me to the right path. Thank you for your instructions and teachings. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.