Continual Guidance

Are you sometimes aware that you have been in the Lord*s will? And are there other times when you wonder? Join the club. I ask the Lord as often as I think of it to guide me. And then I doubt He is doing that. I have come to believe that we can hold the Lord to His promise of guidance whether we know He is guiding us or not. Sometimes I seem to fall into His will and other times I wonder. If He wants us to do a particular thing or go to a particular place, He is responsible to let us know what that is or where it is. He wouldn*t be God if He let His will be a guessing game. I ask the Lord to make me obedient and to eliminate my will from decisions, and then I don*t know for sure if He has done that. If He weren*t a bit mysterious and way above the human mind He wouldn*t be God. Sometimes it is difficult for us to know the difference between a desire of our mind and flesh and a desire of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we make a mistake and it turns out all right anyway. The biggest problems will always happen when we disobey Him on purpose. There are some scriptures that have taken some of the worry out of these things for me lately.

Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

That wonderful promise doesn*t seem dependent upon me or my wisdom or lack thereof. What I need to do is trust Him.

2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We may not all have the physical weakness that Paul had but God is always beyond our weak ability to fully understand Him. He works in spite of our weaknesses.

Isaiah 35:8: And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

I don*t have to worry too much about being a fool if I am wise enough to trust Him.

Isaiah 58:11: And the LORD shall guide thee continually.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

The Lord shall guide thee. Not an angel, but JEHOVAH shall guide thee. He said He would not go through the wilderness before His people, an angel should go before them to lead them in the way; but Moses said, If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel*s guidance: He Himself leads the van. You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you. Notice the word shall-The Lord shall guide thee. How certain this makes it! How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious shalls and wills are better than men*s oaths. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Then observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes, but we are to have a perpetual monitor; not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at His heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in. If you have to change your position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if it should happen that you are cast into poverty, or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy; if you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes, yet tremble not, for the Lord shall guide thee continually. There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road. You have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal power to defend you. Jehovah-mark the word-Jehovah shall guide thee continually.

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