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This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17

Which way? God’s way. The best way. Often times, we seem to think that if God has pointed us in a certain direction, the path will be strewn with victor’s wreaths. Not so. Sometimes, the obscure, briar-patched trail will lead to the thrilling adventure. God knows when we need a respite and allows us time to frolic within water-rich valleys.

He also knows when our training requires the challenges of the arid desert. Sometimes the best lessons are learned through hunger and thirst.

Whatever path he puts us on will be glorious, for it can only lead us closer to Heaven. The One who guides us is our Redeemer. Having redeemed us, we belong to Him. He does not save us to destroy us. He saves us for something better. The One who guides us is also the Holy One of Israel. His leadership is generated by Love. Knowing Who paves our highways and byways, why should we fear a rocky road?

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