|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “God’s guidance”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
Our thought for today: “Guidance grows out of relationship”
Psalm 32:8 is another of those Bible verses which reminds us that guidance grows out of relationship. Here the Lord promises to guide you, advise you, and watch over you. What’s pictured here is a close relationship whereby God speaks and the person listens and obeys. The guidance needed comes as a result of a healthy relationship between the person and God.
Yesterday we read Exodus 13:17-18 of how God guided the nation of Israel as they left Egypt and headed towards the Promised Land. That was to be a long journey that took many twists and turns, and receiving the guidance they needed depended heavily on their maintaining a healthy relationship with God. When they did, they were fine. When they didn’t, they struggled.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is another. There we learn that we must trust in God completely and do our best to surrender our will for His. Then, out of that close relationship based on trust and obedience, He keeps us moving in the right direction. There are many more such passages in both the Old and New Testaments, and they all paint the same picture of God providing enough guidance to keep us from going astray or walking off a cliff. The guidance is a process which unfolds little-by-little, step-by-step, and day-by-day. And it grows out of relationship.
This Sunday Linda and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Eleven and a half years ago, as Linda lay in a hospital bed teetering on the edge of death I seriously doubted we would ever make it to forty years. Once we realized that she would live, we wondered what the years ahead of us would look like. All we knew for sure is that we would need to walk it forward with the Lord, in faith. We knew we needed to stay close to Jesus and trust Him to lead us as we navigated all the difficulties and changes that were ahead of us.
We did rely on Him, and it has turned out well. Despite the health challenges and disabilities, despite the lifestyle changes and the new limitations placed upon both of us, the years after her stroke and brain surgeries have been filled with new opportunities, new adventures, and many, many blessings. They have turned out to be some of the best years of our marriage.
The key was to stay close to the Lord and trust Him to guide us through it. The same is true for you. Guidance grows out of relationship. Just stay close to Jesus and trust Him to guide you.