Scripture Reading: Psalm 32:1 – 11
Verse 8 of our reference today says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.” The Lord promises to instruct and guide a forgiven believer with a teachable spirit, who treasures God’s presence and counsel, trusts in Him, rejoices in Him, and continues in upright living. It is however important to take note of the following:
- Many believers do not think of spiritual guidance until they are faced with major decisions and issues such as marriage, career, etc.
- Believers must seek the Lord’s guidance not as a last resort, but at all times and in all situations, no matter how trivial it may be. No wonder the Scripture says, “For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to him who knocks.” (Matt 7:8)
Seeking God’s guidance is not restricted to situations that seem difficult. God’s guidance is not also meant for only a certain people (the privileged ones). God says that He will guide everyone. The only qualification is that you have to be His own through His son Jesus Christ. In guiding His own, He can use any object to realize His objective. In Numbers 22:28, the Lord caused a donkey to speak; just to ensure that Balaam was directed aright. Some believers, wrongly, decide not to act on anything, plan or take minimal risk under the guise that they were waiting for God’s guidance. Beloved, there must be a point of contact on which God’s miracles can be manifested in our time. In Matt 14:17 the Scripture says, “All we have are five loaves and two fish.” Jesus Christ guided the Apostles on how to feed the five thousand people using the five loaves of bread and two fish. So believers cannot be passive about life and simply expect God’s guidance. He will guide you using your plans or intentions. Though decision making can be scary and can create anxiety and fear, God wants us to develop good judgment. There is no way we can do this without making choices and taking some risks. In some cases we can fail, but God’s eyes and fingers are watching and directing us. God uses our failures to teach us some lessons, and instructs us on what to do. He does not want us to be robots. His purpose for His own is that we are not to be passive, but active persons who would always rely on His guidance and instructions to realize our goals here on earth.
Beloved in Christ, God wants us to dispose ourselves at all times to His teachings, instructions and guidance; for there is nothing we can do without Him. The Scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13).
- Worship God for at least ten minutes in any language.
- Father, have mercy on me for the many times I ignored your instructions.
- Forgive me O Lord for my inability to see you watching over my affairs daily.
- Pray for all Users of Daily Strength that God may grant us the grace to rely on Him.
- Pray for believers who are idle, hoping on God’s provision. Ask the Lord to help them.
- Pray for your family members and relations for God’s mercy.
Exercise: Meditate on Psalm 32:8.
Memory Verse: Psalm 133:3.