It is not in man who walks to direct his steps.– Jeremiah 10:23.
They call it “trail wisdom.” Passed along from hiker to hiker over the years, trail wisdom includes insights gained over decades of backcountry hiking. Trail wisdom has a solution for just about every problem.
Bee stings? Mix baking soda with some water and apply the paste to the sting. Preventing blisters? Stop and change your socks the moment you feel a hot spot forming on your foot. Fatigue? Stop immediately when the stumbles, mumbles, and fumbles begin.
Fatigue, in particular, precedes dangerous mistakes. Serious injuries occur when weakness overtakes tired muscles. It is better to set up camp for the night and finish the trail with strong, sure steps at daybreak. Walking strong in the light ensures that slick rocks, slippery roots, and loose sand will not bring you down.
Like an experience hiker, Joshua knew how to walk strong in his faith. As the time came for him to turn over the reins of leadership, Joshua shared a vital piece of “trail wisdom” with God’s people
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul– Joshua 22:5
Though Joshua was a battle-hardened hero of God’s people, he did not encourage his people to sharpen swords and fight. Rather, he encouraged a careful walk with the Lord. This ancient wisdom belongs to us still today. We do well to heed it. Walking strong with God will ensure that temptation, frustration, and distraction do not bring us down.
When you notice your steps weakening, stop immediately for prayer. Ask your Lord to draw near, to strengthen you through his Word of grace and promise. When you begin to trust your own abilities, stop immediately and cling to Jesus. Remember, he along is strong, and he alone can give you the ability to walk with confidence over the slick spots of temptation and through the loose sands of our culture’s shifting values.
From the book “Man of God walking by faith”