He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (Proverbs 28:26)
Do what God tells you, as God tells you, and because God tells you, and no hurt can come to you. The Lord told Mose to take by the tail the serpent from which he fled.
He did so, and he was not bitten, but the serpent stiffened into a wonder-working rod. Obey the Lord in all things. Mind the jots and the tittles, for whosoever shall break one of the least of Christ’s commandments, “and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19, KJV).
There is, also, the way of childlike trust in providential guidance. Happy is the man who always ways upon God to know what he shall do, who asks the Lord ever to guide him, and who dares not lean upon his own understanding.
Watch the Lord’s providential leadings; wait for divine guidance. It is far better to stand still than to run in the wrong road. Pause awhile, and pray for direction, and do not move until you hear the voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21, KJV).
And I am quite sure that the way of consecrated service for God’s glory is another of these safe ways. It is well when a man says, “I choose my path by this rule: ‘How can I best serve my God?” In what course of life can I best glorify God?’”
That is your way to heaven, Christian, the way in which your Master can get the most glory out of you; if you walk in that way, you may depend upon it—you will be protected by his sovereign power.1
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