Father, Guide Me In Your Ways!

What does it mean let God guide you?

Well, in my opinion, I think that what it means for God is guide you; is to allow for Him to not only use you and your testimony to impact and inspire others, but also to mold us into the person He has called us to be. Guidance from the Lord doesn’t just mean asking Him, “Where should I go?” but also “Lord, How can you use me to impact the people and the world around me?” 

By asking God where He wants us to go, in my opinion, causes us as Christians to recognize that we don’t always know where we are going and that sometimes we need a “guide” that can show us the way to go. When I read His Word, it feels so amazing to be able to use it as a sort of “compass” that continues to “show” me not only how to live as a Christian but also how to treat others.

Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) says, “105. Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”

Although we may have heard or said this verse a number of times, do we ever stop and ask ourselves what this verse can teach us about our relationship with God?

As human beings, we all have this idea that we can control the different aspects of our lives but that couldn’t be farther from the truth because every action that we take can have an impact on our lives and those of the people around us. Even as Christians, this idea that we can guide our actions in the way that we desire is incorrect because there is someone who is a better guide: God through our relationship with Him and His Holy Spirit.

C.S. Lewis once said, “You are certainly under the guidance of the Holy Ghost or you wouldn’t have come where you now are.

One thing that I am learning is that allowing God to guide me in His truth is so much better than any plan that I have for my life because His plan brings out not only the best in me but also brings out in the people around me. However, because I am still human, it’s hard for me to let go of this “illusion” of control that I have over my life and allow God to guide me, but I’m learning that sometimes; it’s better for God to guide me on the path that He wants for me than for me to run in life directionless.

Psalms 143:8-10 (NKJV) says, “8. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; In You I take shelter. 10. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

In his devotional entitled “Scripture on Guidance“, Mike Mobley of Before the Cross said, “We are all looking for direction and guidance. Whether we think we are determining that on our own or we are in desperate need for a path…a purpose…what to do…we often at times need help and are searching for answers.” I agree with him in that, in the fallen world that we as human beings are living, we are all looking for a sense of direction; of which way we are to go even Christians today.

Mike Mobley said, “God was reminding me that if I spend time with Him, everything else will fall into place. It’s when I take my eyes off of Him, that I start to worry…get anxious…get lost…and need guidance back to Him. He asked me to trust Him over and over again that He is the one who establishes the steps of my life as I seek Him first in all things.”

This quote reminds me of the story of Peter walking on water. We all have heard the story but I feel it needs to be looked at again from a standpoint of Jesus guiding us and our need to trust that He has us; even when we are anxious and looking at the storms in our lives.

Will we trust God when He calls us to come out of our comfort zone?

In Matthew 14:28-31 says, “28. And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29. So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31. And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

This theme of Jesus guiding us even in the midst of our storms is very crucial to how we as Christians see our relationship with God. One lesson that I am still learning even while in college is that sometimes God’s guidance means that He will get you to come out of your comfort zone into the unknown.

Sometimes God’s guidance means that He will get you to come out of your comfort zone into the unknown.

Whatever storms that are in our lives, we must begin to recognize that we won’t sink below the waves if Jesus Christ is our anchor and the person that is keeping us from going under. This reminds me of a song by Christian artist Ryan Stevenson called, “Eye of the Storm” and this reminds me of how no matter where we are in our storm, Christ is still in control.

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T.R. Noble of Inside Cup wrote a blog post called, “Even There Your Hand Will Guide Me” which I think is an amazing flash fiction blog post. In her blog post, she says, “He continued to love me. He continued to help me grow. And the more I saw His hand in my life, the more I desired to give to Him. It was for this purpose and reason I was able to defeat temptation. My desire for the flesh and this world dwindled, and my desire for the Lord intensified like a fire fueled on in the night.”

One reason I love this quote from T.R. is because it should reflect how we as human beings go about our lives. Even when we have fallen into sin and darkness, He continues to love us and wants us to grow and the only way this can happen is if we learn to stretch out our hand and grab ahold of His hand.  Just like a compass that points you towards the North, Jesus is the “compass” that we as human beings need but don’t deserve. 

Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV) says, “21. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

As I mentioned earlier, God is the ultimate guide because He already knows the best routes for us to take; all we have to do is trust that He will get us their in His timing. Just as a child must obey their parents, they begin to learn how to obey the Lord through the observing their parents.

As human beings, we feel that we know what’s best for us but here’s the thing: we don’t know what’s best for us because we are flawed, imperfect humans. As children of God, He wants us to cry out to Him when we are in need, but do we? Jeremiah 3:4 (NKJV) says, “4. Will you not from this time cry to Me, ‘My Father, You are the guide of my youth?

In my opinion, God is the only guide that we need because the world’s view of guidance is flawed and can lead us away from the truth of God’s Word. This is why I feel that as human beings, especially as Christians; we need to continue to read God’s Word and begin to ask that the Holy Spirit help us understand what we are reading so that we can then apply it to our everyday lives.

John 16:13 (NKJV) says, “13. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

By taking hold of God’s hand and God guiding us, we as human beings even as Christians are acknowledging that we are not able to direct ourselves alone out of whatever situation we are currently facing and that we need His guidance and peace to get us through it.

In the end, though, asking God for guidance in our lives is never easy because we as human beings desire control and want everything to be about “me, me, me” and how we can navigate our own lives.

However, as Christians, we are called to be different. According to the Apostle Paul in the Book of Romans, we are to be guides for those who are spiritually blind and in darkness.

As we go into this week of Thanksgiving, let us remember all that God has brought us through and all that He will continue to guide us through.


So, in my opinion, what does it mean to let God guide you?

How do I let God guide me when I don’t want to give up control?

How can God call us out into the world if we are stuck within our area of comfort?

 

God Bless,

Joshua Reid

 

References

Lewis, C.S. “You are certainly under the guidance of the Holy Ghost or you wouldn’t have come where you now are.” https://quotefancy.com/quote/780744/C-S-Lewis-You-are-certainly-under-the-guidance-of-the-Holy-Ghost-or-you-wouldn-t-have , https://quotefancy.com/ . Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

Mobley, Mike. “Scripture on Guidance”, https://www.beforethecross.com/ , https://www.beforethecross.com/scripture/guidance/ . Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

Noble, T.R. “Even There Your Hand Will Guide Me | Flash Fiction”, 17 Aug 2018, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/ , https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/even-there-your-hand-will-guide-me-collab-with-grace/ , Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

“Ryan Stevenson | Eye of the Storm (feat. GabeReal) [Radio Version] {Official Lyric Video}”, YouTube, uploaded by Ryan Stevenson, 2 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sx8wTnnfSc , Accessed 18 Nov 2018.

 

Picture References

Author Unknown. “Jeremiah 3:4”, https://biblepic.com/jeremiah/3-4.htm , Accessed 18 Nov 2018.

Author Unknown. “Psalms 119:105”, http://www.psalmsquotes.com/psalm-119-105.htm , Accessed 16 Nov 2018.

Author Unknown. “Walk In The Way”, https://mybible.com/covers/910 , Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

Christiandrivenchurch. “Psalm 143:8-10”, https://christdrivenchurch.sundaystreamswebsites.com/2018/08/20/psalm-1438-10/ , Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

Mills, Horace. “GROWING FAITH Pastor Deborah Cobrae 2/2/12. Heb 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that.https://slideplayer.com/ , https://slideplayer.com/slide/8315001/ . Accessed 17 Nov 2018.

 

8 thoughts on “Father, Guide Me In Your Ways!

  1. G’day Joshua its been awhile, I hope your doing good mate and thanks for sharing.

    So much in that post, but for me at the heart of it I feel like your suggesting that there is no other guide like God and we need his guidance in our Christian walk. – Amen to that. The struggle is real to let go of thinking that I am the best guide when it comes to my life lol, and I love how God gives us many opportunities to let him lead us.

    I liked how you said earlier in the post that its not just about asking God where we should go but how should you use me. That’s a really good reminder. In a post I recently read the author suggested we pray and ask God what he wants us to pray for instead of always blah blah blah if you know what I mean. I think its all connected.

    Our addiction to self vs being a new creation with a new heart that points elsewhere type of thing.

    Peace to you dude

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    • Thank you Evad for your comment and I agree; it’s good to be back blogging again. I like when you said, “The struggle is real to let go of thinking that I am the best guide when it comes to my life lol, and I love how God gives us many opportunities to let him lead us.”

      I agree, it is hard to let go of the assumption that we are the best guides for ourselves and like you said; God gives us many opportunities to let Him lead us.

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