Monday, November 14, 2011

A Guide for Life

I saw her walking alone. A woman had come from the neighborhood across the street to walk in mine. We passed each other a couple of times; I was worried about her. I’ve had some near misses with the dogs in my neighborhood. The lady walked by herself, with no umbrella to shoo away the dogs and probably with no knowledge of which houses had dogs. I wanted to tell her to be careful of the house at the end of the street that had the golden retriever. And oh, the boxer is at the end of that cove. And, that house has two dogs that always bark when I pass by. But she had no guide to tell her where the possible dangers were. She was unaware of what surprises might be waiting for her along the way.

As we walk through life, we have a Guide, if we have a relationship with God. He knows where the possible dangers are, which paths to avoid, and where we need to tread softly. He also knows which paths will bring us joy and opportunities to do good. Some things might take us by surprise, but God always knows what will happen. We can trust Him, and He is ready to give us what we need to face each new situation. With God, we have a Guide for life that loves us and walks with us each day.

How does God guide us? By His word, by His Spirit, and by His eye. Psalm 32:8, one of my favorite verses, says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (NKJV). When we keep our focus on God and follow His lead, instead of our own reasoning, He will guide us into what is good. The last phrase of Psalm 32:8 refers to when a servant could just look at his master and know what he was thinking. With the wink of an eye, the master could tell his servant what to do.*

As we study Scripture more, we will know what our Master in heaven desires for us to do. God will help us to know which paths to walk in, as we keep our hearts set towards Him and our mind’s eye constantly fixed on Him. He will guide us continually, and make us whole and strong, satisfying our souls and strengthening our bones.

“The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11, NKJV

*Notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD. CD-ROM. Bronson, MI: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007.

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