TITLE: God Is Our Guide
By Jeffrey Gante
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When I think of a guide, I think of someone at a museum, cavern, amusement park, or other Recreational facility who leads a group of interested visitors around and tells them about what they see throughout their tour. His or her job is to keep them interested and keep them from getting lost.
Well, God is our guide – if we will let Him. He cares deeply about us. He wants to lead us through this recreational park called life. He wants to show us what is going on around us and guide us in making the right decisions as we face different situations during our lifetime tour.
The psalmist David taught us that no matter where we travel upon this earth, God
is there to guide us. Even if you go scuba diving in the deepest part of the
Atlantic Ocean, “there shall thy hand lead me” (Ps. 139:9,10 – David said it a
little differently). Or if you feel like you are trapped in the depths of the sea because of problems in your life – marriage, children, jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, enemies, finances, death – God is there beside you to guide you through it.
One verse in Proverbs teaches that people determine paths which they want to take but that God “directeth his steps” (Prov. 16:9). So that means that even though we take action to do different things in life, God points us in the right direction along the way to keep us from straying.
Another proverb puts even more responsibility on God as He leads us in this life:
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? -Prov. 20:24
There is a degree in which God has determined things for individuals - no matter who they are – that just are what they are. We can’t change it and we can’t understand it in human terms. That is how deep God’s guidance can be at times.
God is our lifetime tour guide. “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Psalms 48:14). From our first breath until our last breath, God will lead us through. He is always there to give us guidance, wisdom and counsel until He receives our eternal spirit back to himself in the glory of His presence.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
– Psalms 73:24
Which Way Do I Go?
How often have you asked yourself, “What am I going to do?”… “How does God want me to live?”… “Which job should I take?”… “Should I marry John?”… “What major should I take in college?”… “Should I sacrifice needed money on this?”… fill in the blank! We’ve all been there. We’ve all asked a multitude of questions about what direction we should go with certain circumstances.
GOD HAS PROMISED IN HIS WORD that “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8). Do not fear…do not fret…do not worry…don’t get confused and bewildered and flabbergasted. God is our lifetime guide to show us the way we should go. He teaches us how to live in a right relationship with Him and He shows the way to go in every area of our lives.
Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. -Isaiah 48:17
The Holy Ghost Connection
God leads the believer through the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to indwell us when we first trust Jesus Christ as our savior. God ‘s Spirit is literally within the Christian, walking with us step by step, breathing with us breath by breath. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth:” (John 16:13). God guides us into the the truth of all things through His
Spirit within us. The Spirit receives info from Christ and “shall shew it unto you”
Every Christian has the anointing of God upon their lives through the indwelling Holy Spirit. We have been set apart from the world by God to serve Him. He alone is our teacher. “…and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the
same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (I John 2:27).
Peace And Quiet
Do you come from a big family? Do you have kids? Do you have problems communicating with your spouse? Do you have noisy neighbors? Do you work in a busy and stressful environment? Don’t you just love when you can get some peace and quiet! - from whatever it is that surrounds you on a regular basis. We all enjoy R & R. We all enjoy giving our minds and emotions a break from the normal hassles of life.
…or we just enjoy having peace of mind in the midst of everything we have to deal with each and every day. Well, that is what God does for us. He leads us into a sense of calm in every situation.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. – Psalms 23:2
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
You can just imagine yourself lying down on a blanket on the grass in a park, or having a picnic by the side of a creek – nothing to bother us. God guides us into that kind of rest - away from everything else or in the midst of everything else. He leads us into a continual mind-state of peace and quiet. We are in the restfulness of His caring arms at all times if we have a relationship with God.
Do You Doubt?
“It sounds too easy. I’ve never felt that kind of peace. I’venever felt like God was guiding me through this life.” Well, how God operates in our lives is in large part dependent upon how we relate to Him. If you go white water rafting and you don’t listen to what your guide tells you, you’re going to get wet. You have to trust the expertise of your tour guide to get you through this exhilarating experience.
We have to trust God to guide us. We have to place complete and total confidence in Him and Him alone, or we’re not going to make it on our own – at least not satisfactorily.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5,6
Yes, God wants to be our tour guide through this life. Won’t you let Him lead you?
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