He Will Lead You...Will You Follow? (Psalm 32:8)
Psalm 32:8, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
All of us need direction and guidance for our lives. We are living in a fractured and frightening world. We struggle to make good choices hindered by our own deceitful hearts and our sin natures. Yet God has not neglected us to wander blindly through life. We have the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who abides in our hearts, to rely on. It is important to understand that His work of leading us is done through the Word of God. Our feelings can lead us to error, but the Bible is always true. When the Holy Spirit guides our understanding of Scripture and we follow Him, our walk will be straight.
When Abraham followed God, he was positive he was heading in the right direction, even though he had no idea where he was going. That’s because he was walking by faith and not by sight. To walk by faith is not to take a blind leap in the dark, but to trust God to lead you down a path you have never taken before. From the time Abraham left his homeland in Ur of the Chaldees until the time he came within inches of slaying his only son as a sacrifice in obedience to God on Mt. Moriah, he had to entrust his well-being, his reputation, and his aspirations to the perfect wisdom of God. In spite of his own weaknesses and shortcomings, He lived by faith. Faith in God strengthened him to press ahead through the difficulties of his journey. And it persuaded him that the path he traveled was the right one.
What a blessed promise from God! Psalm 32:8, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. This promise is from the very eye of God. Keep in mind, you can place your hope in the sovereign hand of God. He has a special interest in you. He truly loves and cares for you.
This is a declaration about God. He who knows all and sees all knows far better than we do. God has instructed us and told us how to live, but the trouble with man is that he does not pay much attention to what God says and goes his own way rather than the way God has instructed. Only a foolish person would ignore such wise counsel, and yet, this is done every day. He had promised to instruct us and guide us in the way we should go (Psalm 73:24; Proverbs 3:5-6). If you are not living daily in the Word of God you are cutting off God’s guidance for your life.
Each day we are blessed to be able to encounter new opportunities. For some, this can be a struggle due to the fear of what the future holds. When we cannot see what lies ahead, it becomes worrisome to us and we feel out of control. Financial setbacks, disappointments, and personal problems tend to obscure our vision for hope in the future causing us doubt and despair. The Scriptures encourage us to thrust our concerns to the Lord (I Peter 5:7). If you are neglecting the Scriptures you are hindering God’s guidance for your life. The more we read and study the Scriptures, the more the Lord will leads us. When you need direction on the paths of life, remember, that God is always near. He is there to guide us down the right paths. He will strengthen us when we are weak. He will give comfort when we are distressed. We just need to listen to Him. We serve an awesome God. Remember to thank the Lord for guiding us safely until we reach Heaven’s shores.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for the opportunities given me each day to trust in You. Help me to walk with surety upon the promises of Your Word that You will guide me as I walk through the dark valleys of life. In Jesus name, Amen.
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