In driving snow and caught by cloud, the climbers could not see much more than an arm’s length. They would have stopped but they had to continue to reach safety. With such poor visibility, each climber had to follow the footsteps of the one in front. They had to rely on the leader to avoid danger and to bring them safely down the mountain.
In another group, a leading climber took the wrong path. Disaster struck. Many fell and died. The tragic thing is that this describes a true story, one re-enacted every year in the world’s mountain regions.
There are many in the world who offer themselves as leaders. Some are more credible than others but all are contradictory. Politicians offer a national or world view. Philosophers and religious leaders provide their own answers to ethical and spiritual dilemmas. There is even a growing industry of ‘life coaches’ who advise on everything from career options to home décor.
God, the all–knowing and all–powerful creator wants to be our leader. He has made promises about the future and has given comprehensive principles and laws to keep people safe on their journey. This makes God totally different from the fallible, inconsistent leaders of our world. We can trust Him, and be sure that His guidance will never fail.
While we cannot see the future, God can. He has the divine view and will help us navigate the often dangerous paths we need to walk.
God has given us Jesus so we can see the footsteps we need to follow.
“Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
When we follow Jesus to the Kingdom of God, we can see where we are going and that gives us hope. Life’s challenges will become manageable with him as our guide, to help us make the right choices for our long-term good.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.”