He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Do I know what those paths look like?
Can I catalogue them for recall as and when required?
Does He disclose a handful of them at a time that I might have options or wiggle room?
This thing is an organic relationship with the Good Shepherd. Day to day. I must follow closely. Hear the beatings of His heart. Expect the announcement of “this way” or “no, not here…not yet”.
And my Lord Jesus intends to be that close, if I will allow. If I steep myself in the Gospels. And come to Him in prayer over every little thing. I have the time for this. Only fear, impatience or unbelief would say “hurry, hurry”.
Let me never forget that He and I are in covenant. He has a vested interest in my well-being and in my right standing for His name sake. He does not issue slick provisos like some contract lawyer. He is my good and trustworthy Elder Brother. He will be there for me.
This adventure becomes a delight. In truth, I would not wish to know in advance the eventualities of the morrow. (*As my friend Anthony has said there will be a marvelous and humbling “unfolding”. See comment below.)
Many pulpiteers would seek to train us with a long inventory of ready-made solutions, strategies or standards. They do a dis-service. They forget Psalm 23.