Lifelines: ‘Lord Lead Me On,’ ... but not there
by By BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
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We sing songs like “Lord, Lead Me On,” and “Where He Leads, I’ll Follow,” but is that prayer modified by a “But not there, Lord,” clause?

Abraham faced that decision when God told him to pack up and leave his home and go to places unknown. God didn’t give Abraham a map or specify where he would be going, but Abraham, by faith, “when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went” (Hebrews 11:8).

There is one song which says, “You are the finger of God, don’t you see? You know somebody who is in need ... and He said, ‘I’ll go with you wherever you go.’” The “I’ll go with you” is only on condition that you are obeying the Lord and following His directive.

God hasn’t promised a person he could go wherever he pleases and expect Him to just go along. There are places Jesus won’t go and if you choose to go anyway, you don’t have His promise of “Lo, I am with you alway.”

Matthew 28:20 (KJV) tells us what comes first — “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” and “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” follows. The power of Jesus Christ always accompanies the truth — “even unto the end of the world.”

So in light of all His promises, it should be a “given” to be able to say to the Lord, “Where you lead me, I’ll follow ... “just lead me on.” However, the love of God is what should constrain us — not the rewards. And that takes faith.

I love the song, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” but I’m not sure I always realized the full impact of the words as I have sung it through all these years ... or the promise. “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, O’er mountain, or plain, or sea; I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what you want me to be.”

It was said when Garibaldi set out to liberate Italy, he saw several young men standing at a street corner and asked them if they would like to enlist in his cause. They answered with another question, “What do you offer?”

Garibaldi replied. “I offer you hardship, hunger, rags, thirst, sleepless nights, footsores in long marches, privations innumerable, and finally victory in the noblest cause that ever confronted you.”

Today, there are many who want to know, “How much does the job pay?” “What do you offer?” “Do I have to go to unpleasant places?” “Is there a sacrifice required?” “Can I choose the time and place?” “Do I have to go to the poor man? ... to the rich man? ... across the street ... to the prison? ... to my neighbor ...? ... another country?”

The Lord says, “If any one would come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me (Mark 8:34 KJV).

When Jesus began His ministry, he called out his disciples with the words, “Follow me.” Some were fishing, one was collecting taxes, some were busy at other tasks — no promises were given until later when Peter inquired about their fate — “Lo, we have left all, and followed thee” (Luke 18:28).

And Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”