Picking your Guide

I heard the story one time of a man who approached an elderly woman on a busy crosswalk. “May I cross with you?”

She was flattered that a young man would be so chivalrous. Of course he could help her across the busy street! So arm in arm they stepped from the curb right in front of a speeding car. Breaks screeched, horns blasted. They kept on, swerving and twisting, gyrating through several near misses. When they finally arrived at the other side the elderly woman was haggard and frustrated, “What is wrong with you! You walk like you are blind!”

He said, “I am! that’s why I asked if I could cross with you!”

This is a powerful illustration of the need for getting a good guide.

My cousin Philip is blind, and we used to play for hours as children. I love him. He had an amazing sense of smell and hearing. If I need someone to help me listen, I pick Philip. But if I need someone to help me see, I get someone else. Philip would make a poor guide to get across a crowded street. When you pick a guide you need someone that can see clearly. Blind guides are deadly. But did you know that’s exactly what Jesus called the religious legalists. Those who put their faith in a religious system were called Blind Guides.

(Matthew 15:14) “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Interesting. Here are men who claim to know the way, and have a lot of people following them, but Jesus said they are blind. Follow them and you will fall into a pit.

Careful who you pick for a guide. This life is complicated. Sometimes it’s like a maze, and you never know what’s coming up. God has given us two good guides to help sort out the complexities of life:

Someone led by the Holy spirit.

(John 14:26) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

Someone in-tune with the word of God.

(Psalm 119:105) Thy word is a light unto my path

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