Who’s Your Guide? (Matthew 15:14)

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An elderly woman stood on a busy street corner, hesitant to cross because there was no traffic signal. As she waited, a gentleman came up beside her and asked, “May I cross with you?” Relieved, she thanked him and took his arm.

The path they took was anything but safe. The man seemed to be confused as they dodged traffic and walked in a zig-zag pattern across the street. “You almost got us killed!” the woman exclaimed in anger when they finally reached the curb. “You walk like you’re blind!” “I am,” he replied. “That’s why I asked if I could cross with you.”

Jesus said of the Pharisees, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14). We have to be careful not to entrust our spiritual direction to someone who cannot see the clear teachings of God’s Word. Life is too dangerous, eternity too long, and our spiritual destiny too important to take any chances with the leaders we follow.

The psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). We should trust only those who themselves walk in the light of that lamp and use it to guide others through the dark maze of this present world. – Paul R. Van Gorder

When those whom God has called to lead

Exemplify His truth and love,

Their words and deeds can serve us well

And point us to our home above. – D. J. De Haan

A good leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

  • February 1, 1991, Our Daily Bread
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