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He Shall Direct Thy Paths

When we trust God in all things, he will direct our path.

When you're young person, there are two or three things that generally are important to you, and finding and doing the will of God is not one of them. It's important to be part of the right crowd. Kids are in a time in their life when they are leaving the security of the parents' making all the decisions, and the influence of the home, and moving quickly toward the time in their life where they make their own decisions and live on their own. So most young people find it important to identify with the crowd.

Another thing I remember from being young is that it was important not only to do what everybody did, but to do what made you feel good. We thought about having a good time. And the philosophy of our hearts was: If it felt good, do it—the old Epicurean "Eat, drink, and be merry today, for tomorrow you die." I don't know that before I was saved, at 19 years of age, I ever had a serious thought about what God wanted me to do in the plan of my life.

Another thing that was important to me in high school was: do it right now. Everything was today; tomorrow was of no importance. When I was 10, we were right smack dab in the middle of the Second World War. They were all saying, "America is going to lose. The time is short; we haven't got much time left." That contributed to thinking, Whatever you're going to do, hurry up, because the Germans or the Japanese or the Italians are going to come bomb us, and there's no tomorrow. I confess that God did not dawn on me progressively. He had to pick me up out of the clear, blue sky at a Christian assembly and just shake me and grab my attention. Within the space of hours, I had turned from absolutely no spiritual interest at all to a shaking experience of interest in God.

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Sermon Outline:


I. You find God's direction for life by trusting the Lord with all your heart

II. You find God's direction for life by not leaning on your own understanding

III. You find God's direction for life by acknowledging God in all you do