You Have A Guide to Follow

In the year 1849, a group known as the Bennett-Manly party, ventured off into Death Valley in search of gold. They did not have a guide along who knew the country. They did have their wives and children along with them. Because of the difficulty of travel and the frailty of the children, the whole party, becoming emaciated and worn, came across a natural spring, where they thought it wise to pause and camp for a while, in hopes of regaining their strength. It was a bad decision. The longer they waited, the hotter the season became, and the more their food supply dwindled away. After an ordeal of terrible suffering and hardships, most of the party escaped. The location of that spring and the surrounding cluster of Mesquite trees has now come to be a settlement known as Bennett Wells. The sad part of the story is that if those people had known what to look for, all the while they were starving and suffering, they were actually surrounded by an abundance of Mesquite trees, loaded with sweet and nutritious “bean” pods upon which the local natives lived quite well. It is too bad that they did not know the way to live and survive there. It is too bad they did not know what was good to do in that life situation and what was good to eat. It is too bad they did not have a guide along to show them the way.
How many of us will suffer when there is no need? How many of us live on the basis of our own wisdom, and will lead ourselves and loved ones down a path of suffering and or death? Proverb 14:12 says, “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”
How will you guide and direct your life? You have a guide in whom you can place full confidence. In John 14:5-6, Thomas says to Jesus, “…Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

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