God*s Guidance Is A Fringe Benefit
We often seek God*s guidance for wrong reasons and in wrong ways. We often doubt that we have it when we do. And we often believe we have it when we don*t. We want to walk by sight not by faith.
In a sense seeking God*s guidance can be improper. It can be doubting something God has already promised. It can be seeking something directly that comes to us indirectly. It can be seeking something we don*t deserve. It can be seeking something in a wrong way. It can be seeking an improper shortcut. It can be seeking water without a well. It can be seeking fruit without a tree. It can be putting the cart before the horse.
God promises guidance to certain people in certain circumstances. Guidance should for them be taken for granted. It should be counted on. It should not be worried about.
Psalms 25:12-14: What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Here guidance is given to one who fears the Lord. Fearing God, of course, is much more than fright.
The Unger*s Bible Dictionary greatly enlightens us about Biblical fear of God:
Fear is that affection of the mind which arises on the conception of approaching danger. The fear of God is of several kinds: Superstitious, which is the fruit of ignorance; servile, which leads to abstinence from many sins through apprehension of punishment; and filial, which has its spring in love, and prompts one to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. Its absence is characteristic of a wicked and depraved person. It is produced in the soul by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. It dreads God*s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres his holiness, submits cheerfully to his will, is grateful for his benefits, sincerely worships Him and conscientiously obeys his commandments. Fear and love must coexist in us in order that either passion may be healthy, and that we may please and rightly serve God.
Proverbs 3:32: For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
Since we have no righteousness of our own that would give us access to God*s secrets, this can only refer to the righteousness of Christ which is imputed to believers.
1 Corinthians 1:30: But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
2 Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
John 7:17: If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
This is simple. If we are willing to do God*s will we are guaranteed to know what it is. If we remain committed to our own will we shall never know God*s will.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Psalms 37:5: Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalms 55:22: Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Guidance is a by-product of being right with God and walking with Him.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
God had a plan for us before we were born. How can we doubt that He will guide us?
Care to discuss God*s Guidance Is A Fringe Benefit with Ron?