|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God is guiding you and protecting you, even when you don’t realize He is.”
Jean-Pierre De Caussade was a French writer and preacher in the early 1700s. He was well-known and much-admired for his deep spiritual insights. Once, when commenting on Isaiah 30:21 and considering how it is that God quietly and subtly guides and protects those who are His, De Caussade wrote:
The unique and infallible power of divine action always influences the simple in the right way, inwardly directing them to react wisely … Sometimes this happens consciously; but sometimes simple souls are moved by mysterious impulses to do or ignore things in which they see no mystery; things which seem like pure chance, necessity, or convenience, and seem even to have no significance either to themselves or to others. And yet divine action, in the form of intelligence, and wisdom and advice from friends, uses them all for the benefit of these souls, ingeniously foiling the plans of those who scheme to harm them.”
What he meant was that as we walk day-by-day on this great adventure of living the Christian life, our Sovereign God is watching over us, guiding and protecting us, and orchestrating events in our favor and for our benefit, in a thousand ways we’re not even aware of.
De Caussade believed that someday in heaven we will have the opportunity to look back and review all the details of our lives, as if we were reading a history book. You will see everything (all you were aware of and thousands upon thousands of other things you knew nothing about). Then you will understand all the ways in which God guided you and protected you when you weren’t even aware of it. You will see the bad guy lying in wait around the corner to the left as the Spirit of God whispered in your ear “Go to the right”. In that day you will see how fortunate you were that the Holy Spirit gave you a little nudge at just the right time to get you to do one thing rather than the other. You will be reminded of every word of wise advice that came from a friend at just the right moment. And all of it will have been your Father in heaven watching over you, guiding you, and protecting you.
Take a few moments this morning to sit before God thinking about His loving watch-care over you, and how it is that you are never out of His sight. Remember the truth that He is constantly intervening on your behalf and for your good. Then thank Him for taking such good care of you.
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