We have been given directions on how to build our canoe. So, we just jump in and paddle to our destination, right? We can try, but without proper instructions, it will be hard to navigate the rough waters that may loom ahead. We might even get through the river okay, but will the destination be the one we intended. It might even look the same and along the way in some areas, but without a map or a tour guide, how can you be sure?
The Lord says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalm 32:8) Before we get in the boat, seek God. Asaph stated that he sought God for direction in the book of Psalms. “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” (Psalm 73:24) Even then, there were rocky times and asking for a hand in finding their way was something that took discipline. He taught them to be meek. They had to learn to be quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on. They were being taught to be submissive to God’s instruction. David and Asaph learned to lean on God and really that’s where the book of Psalms sprouts from. They relied on His strength. They took comfort in it. They rejoiced in His victories.
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore, for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. (Psalm 48:14)
We can learn that our God is able enough to steer us through the waters and not even get in the boat. He can guide us through the rapids and move the obstacles out of our way. He can even make the path calm. But, do we learn how to overcome that way? Do we learn to trust Him if there’s nothing to fear? We are creatures of habit. Creatures of discipline. God saw the path ahead and realized we needed someone in the back of our canoe that knew the way. One that could overcome the raging waters and could ultimately steer us to our destination. The one God intended for us from the start. So He sent His son, Jesus. Jesus said …, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) He is the guide who meets us where we are and redeems God’s plans to bring us home. And when we think He has left to row along the river alone, He leaves us with His spirit. To continue to teach us and help us recall the direction in which we are to go.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)
If you have reached the point in which you are feeling the Lord (Our Guide) tug at your heart today, I have great news. He wants to take over the direction of your life today! All you have to do is surrender your will to Him! The Lord says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelations 3:20) So talk to Him! Start by saying you made mistakes and you are seeking forgiveness for them and guidance to learn to do the right thing. Yes, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans (6:23) And we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Therefore because God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life! For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world through Him might be saved! (John 3:16-17) Therefore, if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
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