His Encouragement #7- Course-Correcting

I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday. My hope and my prayer is that these scriptures each week will bless your heart and encourage your soul.

I’m very excited to share my personal verse for 2021 and begin a new journey together through the Word of God.

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Psalm 16:11 KJV

This leads into a theme for this year’s His Encouragement posts. Each week, I will look at another “path” found in the Bible. We will also look at verses with the word “lead.” I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about God and the paths he has for us to take in our lives.

Today’s verse is Proverbs 4:26 – “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Experts on human behavior say that some people go into a mall or store and meander through the shops or aisles wandering aimlessly and eventually find what they want. Others, make a plan before they enter, head directly to what they need, and are out of there in just a few minutes.

Which kind of person are you?

Which kind of person are you in life?

That’s the subject of this verse today. The word ponder here means to “make straight, to weigh out.” It means to consider the direction of your feet (your journey). The word established means “fixed, prepared, settled.” It means to be prepared ahead of time, predetermined.

It’s easy to go through life wandering aimlessly with no particular direction in mind. No plan. No thought. But God wants us to live our lives with purpose. He wants us to weigh out our path and set a predetermined course. When a captain sets a course for his ship, does he set it, then forget about it and hope he will end up in the right place?

Absolutely not!

A good sailor knows that the wind, waves, and currents will knock him off course if he doesn’t repeatedly check his compass and make small corrects to stay the path he has set. He has to ponder the way of his ship to keep on the established path. He knows if he’s off by only a small degree, he will end up a long way off course.

The apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Are you wandering aimlessly, allowing the wind, waves, and currents of this world knock you off course?

Or are you constantly course-correcting to stay the fixed path?

What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!

Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective 

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Becca @ The Becca Files

Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

Andi @ Radiant Light

Leslie @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie

Claudia @ Claudia Moser

Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way

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