Thought for the Day – Sunday 8th November

Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

Matthew 15: 12 – 14

I often annoy the people in my life for my blind devotion to Google Maps. I follow the directions to a T. Usually works out ok, but occasionally I find myself caught out by roadworks or delays that I would have missed had I just consulted the people who are in the know.

Who do you trust to lead you? When following directions it’s easy: a map supplemented with a bit of road advice, but what about on big life choices, ethical decisions or spiritual matters? It’s an important question, if we choose the wrong person they can lead us astray. What we need are trusted guides. Sometimes that will be people in our lives: people with the experience and wisdom to give us the advice we need. Sometimes that will be institutions we can trust know best and have our interests at heart.

But above all we should look to our faith for guidance. For the wisdom found in scripture, for nudges from the Holy Spirit, and for answers to prayer. In God we can find a guide who is trustworthy and who always has our best interests at heart.

Prayer: God my Shepherd, thank you for leading and guiding me always. I bring to you all the decisions and plans I have, please guide me through those choices and help me to follow you faithfully.

Act: Use a map to plan a short walk today. As you walk pray for God’s guidance in your life.

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