“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
Are these just pleasant words to read – like an uplifting thought for one day – or are they much, much more?
David wrote them in one of his psalms as the inspired words of God. As such they record the commitment of the Lord God Almighty to His people, individually and collectively. They have a particular significance for us when we look at them after the ministry of our great Saviour Jesus Christ, who said of Himself,
- “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49)
- “the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31)
The words of the psalmist were true for Jesus also – God instructed and taught Him in the way that He should go. He counselled Jesus and watched over Him so that the Father’s will should be achieved on earth as He had planned it to be. For both David and Jesus the Scriptures were an essential part of the process.
As Christians we too are a part of the Father’s plan.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Seeing that God has a plan and a purpose for us we should be looking to Him for direction and guidance, to show us the way that we should go – not only in the grand sweep of our lives but in the everyday areas as well. All of our concerns, challenges and heartaches are a part of His love for us. We may not always get our listening and responses right but, if love and the desire to glorify God are our aim, we can be sure that He will work in everything for good.
The key point is for us to be seeking and listening for His guidance. How often as children may our parents and others have complained that we did not listen to them. It does us and the world around us no good at all if we are not open to hearing what God has to say to us. Jesus spent much time in prayer and communion with God as Scripture tells us. So should we. Our desire both individually and collectively must be to seek, find and respond to the direction of the Lord. This applies not only with regard to some of the big issues facing the Church today but in the smaller and personal areas of our lives as well. He loves us and knows where He is taking us – and He wants us with Him.
Ask God for both general and specific guidance – and the ability to see or hear His response. Read His Word and listen to it.
Father I hear and receive Your promise. Please help me to ask for and receive the instruction, teaching and counsel that You have for me – and to walk with You as Your beloved child. Amen.