Teach Us Thy Ways O Lord

Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 

10:24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

It is not in us naturally to know the way that we should live. We come into this world as babies with clean slates with no knowledge or wisdom and we must be taught right from wrong. Yet most people grow up in households where they are not taught the wisdom of God nor the importance of living His Way of Life.

The things we learn in childhood are usually bent toward the ways of the world unless God miraculously intervenes and calls us to seek His ways. He does this by sending His Holy Spirit to spark an interest in our minds. Once we get a glimpse of what God is like and what He requires of humans, we develop a strong desire to get to know Him more and to obey the things that He is showing us from His Word.

Without a calling from the heavenly Father and being granted the gift of the Holy Spirit, the human mind is simply not in tune with the laws of God; instead it is at enmity against God and does not want to be subject to Him nor His laws.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The carnal mind is tuned into the nature of this world ruled by Satan and seeks to live its own way; a person with this kind of mind has thoughts, attitudes and behavior that fights against the true knowledge of God and His laws. 

A carnal person’s thoughts are generated from a deceitful heart that is biased against God right up until the time God acts to call that person. If such a person responds positively to God’s calling on his life, God will grant him a small measure of His Holy Spirit and then begin to convert or transform him slowly over time with the goal of changing the person’s carnal nature to the Father’s own divine nature. The carnal human mind is man’s deceitful heart that Jeremiah is referring to in Jeremiah 17:9. “it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” [in the ways that God would have him to walk in truth and righteousness].

The carnal mind in a person is going to be antagonistic to the commandments and the ways of God. The human mind has invented and has done some marvelous things throughout history but it simply cannot understand the spiritual things of God. Once an individual is called and he responds to that call, the Father and Son will reveal themselves to that person and begin to teach him of their plan and purpose for himself personally, and also God’s great Plan for all of humanity.

But until a person is called, he cannot know the way that leads to wise decisions and how to have a truly productive life that has eternal value. As humans we are very limited in our thinking, and to have human wisdom is really no wisdom at all because it is not based on God’s truth. All the marvelous things that man has researched out and the things that he has invented will eventually come to nothing.

1 Corinthians 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Even after becoming a true follower of God and being given a measure of His Holy Spirit, we are still like spiritual toddlers learning to walk; we know so little about the knowledge of God and need to work at learning and growing in grace and in truth. We must ask God continuously to help us to learn of His ways and to guide us to keep us close to Him.

No matter what stage of the spiritual life we are at, there will be times when we come to a fork in the road and we just do not know which direction to go or what to believe. Both directions may seem at first to be right and good; or both paths may seem compromising of God’s way, perhaps one more so than the other. Or we may find ourselves in a conundrum, circumstances surrounding us that test us to the very core because they are so complicated and perplexing.

What do we do and where do we go when the answers are just not that clear?

The most important thing we can do is pray and look into God’s Word. One place is to go to the Book of Psalms and see how David reacted when he did not know the way to go and how he prayed to God to teach him and guide him. In many of his psalms David cried out to God to help him to know what path he should take and that God would put His ways into his heart; and like David we can cry out to God to teach us His paths; when we are facing hard decisions and we need to know the way that God would have us walk in.

Psalm 25:1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 25:Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. 

25:4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. 

25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

We are like little children that cannot know the way to live wisely on our own but God has given us His Holy Spirit which lights up our mind; His Spirit dwelling within us helps us to see through the darkness and the fog that blankets the whole world. Satan’s deception is everywhere (Revelation 12:9) and all of us have been deceived; but God’s faithful children (those who are wholeheartedly responding to His call on their lives), are being led out of Satan’s deception. The more we lean on God and the more we yield to Him, the more truth He reveals to us.

We must lean wholly upon God for His wisdom and direction for He only knows what each one of us needs and where we fit into the Body of Christ. He is in the process of training and fashioning each one of us for something very special, our own unique place that He has chosen for us. He is molding and chiseling us to become perfectly fitted stones in His Holy Temple.

Romans 8:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office8:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

The primary way God guides us through life and life’s circumstances is by His Word. The Bible contains plain and clear instructions for living godly lives.  And if the Holy Scriptures command something of us, there is no need to hesitate and wonder if it is really God’s will for us. God’s Word lights up the path that we need to take as far as showing us His law and the way we need to live, the way of righteousness.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him

1 Kings 8:57 The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

Become as Little Children

Just like little children who are eager to learn and are humble, we, too, must have the same attitude about learning about God’s truth and how to walk in it and humbly learning about Him and His Word is not just when we are new in the faith, but learning must be a life-long pursuit.

Mark 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

When Solomon became king of Israel as a young man, he was humble knowing that he would need God’s wisdom to help him rule righteously and with justice. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and tested him by telling him that he could ask for whatever he wanted and God would do it. Solomon did not ask for fame nor for riches, but admitted that he was like a little child and that what he needed most was an understanding heart, for wisdom and knowledge to be able to rule God’s people properly.

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

3:7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

3:8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

3:10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

We, too, no matter what our age; our biggest need is to become like little children and never think that we have all understanding and knowledge and that there is no longer a need to keep learning and growing.

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

What does Jesus mean when He says that we must be converted and become as little children? This is a very important question for He says that unless we become as little children, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 

Let us become as little children in faith, meekness and with a sincere desire to please our Father and when we see that we need to repent of sins or false beliefs, we need to quickly repent and change. 

That is what being converted and being child-like is about. That is what constitutes true greatness and will lead to salvation; for if we are constantly seeking God for His guidance and applying what we learn, we will be continually overcoming and God promises that it is the overcomers that will inherit the Kingdom. (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; Revelation 3:5, 12, 21)

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

David’s Prayers for Guidance and Help in Overcoming

When we go to God and ask Him for wisdom and to show us His ways and we don’t know what to pray, we can always pray the kinds of petitions that David wrote out in his psalms such as:

Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that we can use as guideposts in our own prayers asking God to teach us and guide us. As we study through the Bible we can ask God to lead us to those passages which apply to our situation.

These verses are powerful and David penned what was in his heart so eloquently for our inspiration and as an example of the kinds of prayers we can pray.

Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word; Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You.)

God Gives Understanding to Those Who Obey His Word

Sometimes we need specific answers as to what God’s will is for us, especially if we sense that God is telling us to do something that may not be a direct commandment in the Bible. That is when we really need to petition God for guidance when we are unsure of God’s will for our life; just as the apostle James tells us that we are to ask God to give us the wisdom we need.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

God never contradicts Himself, so He will never ask you to do something that is contradictory to His Word. He will never tell you to do something that involves sin. He is not an “the end justifies the means” kind of God. The means must always conform to His laws. We need to immerse ourselves in the Word of God, and keep in constant prayer so we will know what He wants us to do or what His will is for us and then do it in such a way that complies with His commands.

God’s advice to Joshua applies to all of God’s servants: that if we stay on the straight and the narrow and do not turn to the right nor to the left, keeping all of God’s commandments and meditating on them day and night, we will have success in attaining to what God would have for us.

Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 

1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

God’s laws and statutes are what makes us wise; even if we think that we are not that educated or intelligent, it is God’s law that makes us wise and intelligent and will lead us to appropriate decisions; and if we are keeping those laws, He will reward us with eternal life.

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 

19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 

19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of theLord are true and righteous altogether. 

19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb

19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 

19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 

19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 

19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Job asked one of the most profound questions that anyone could ask:  “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?” and here is what God inspired him to say that answers his own question:

Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 

28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 

28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. 

28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 

28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 

28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 

28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 

28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. and where is the place of understanding?  

28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? 

28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. 

28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. 

28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof

28:24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 

28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. 

28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 

28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 

28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

If we fear God in the right way and seek to do His commandments, turning from our wicked ways; that is the wisest thing that we could ever do and God will grant us even more of His understanding of His ways and His will for our lives.

Psalm 111:6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 

111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. 

111:8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. 

111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. 

111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

God says through the prophet Isaiah and through King Solomon that He promises to guide us continually if we are looking to Him and are obedient in the things that He has already shown us.

Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Sometimes when we have to make a decision, we can ask God to help us see if a certain decision will compromise His commandments; or if it will put us in a situation which may lead to compromising God’s commandments.

If we go to God to show us His will, His Spirit will bring to mind His precepts and laws to help us in making a godly decision and if we follow His advice we are yielding to His will for our lives. In addition we can always pray that God would put a hedge of protection around us and keep us safe, to keep us from making decisions based on things that we cannot see or things that are unknown to us.

Throughout the historical Books and Psalms, David was always asking God to guide his steps, to help him keep His commandments and not go according to his own understanding or “feelings”. If we are trusting in the Lord with all our hearts, we will not lean on our own understanding. Trusting God and leaning on our own understanding are mutually exclusive. In other words, if we trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing.

Seeing Through a Glass Darkly

Paul tells us that some things are hard to understand and it is like looking through a murky glass. 

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

If we want to see the big picture of what God is doing, we need to trust Him, and let go of our prejudices, biases, our pride, our man-made strategies and our own agendas. The wisest human plans cannot begin to approach the superiority of God’s plans and His will. And God’s plans will always supersede the plans of men, so it it best to trust in what He says rather than put our trust in men.

1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Psalm 33:10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

Even though God promises His children salvation (if we do our part by seeking His forgiveness and righteousness) He does not promise that our way in this life will be easy.

Each of us have had, and even now are going through hard trials and we have to struggle to overcome; finding God’s truth is not that easy as well sometimes. If God went ahead and made our lives easy and smooth for us there would be no overcoming and there would be no growth. It is like physical exercise, “no pain, no gain”. To be fitted and molded, involves being tried and tested to show our loyalty to God and our love of His truth.

Making our path difficult is what prepares us for God’s Kingdom and God in His wisdom, knows this. In this way we show that we are truly serious about our calling and that we want to be on Christ’s team. God puts each of His children on a unique path that is fashioned and tempered to test each on the level of his or her own natural abilities and gifts.

Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 

25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Therefore, each believer will have challenges in this life and it is up to us to cry out to God to show us His path and then for help to go in His way. God has designed life this way, to be an uphill battle which each of His called-out ones must climb at his or her own pace and level. He needs to know that He can trust us in this life and throughout eternity and never rebel against Him like Satan and a third of the angels did.

If God made everything smooth and easy to live His ways and to know His truth, it would remove the challenge and we would not develop strong godly character through diligent effort. We see this in children who have everything handed to them without having to work for it. They generally do not learn to appreciate what they have been freely given.  The more we have to strive to attain to something or have something, the more we will value it and prize it.

Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.

8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; 

8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; (See all of Deuteronomy 8)

Deuteronomy 15:17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. 

15:18 And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers. 

15:19 To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the Lord hath spoken. 

15:20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? 

15:21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: 

15:22 And the Lord shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: 

15:23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.

What the Israelites went through in Egypt, and then in the wilderness, is symbolic of what we have to go through living our lives in the midst of today’s spiritual wilderness. This even after being delivered from bondage to spiritual Egypt and sin by God the Father’s calling us and applying Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Even though it is hard for us, it is much better to go through trials with God at our side knowing His plan for us, than it is for those who do not have any hope; for all people go through trials, this life is not easy for anyone; but we have the hope of the promise of eternal life before us and God’s help to attain that hope.

Isaiah 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

There are some things that God expects us to know which are very important for our spiritual walk. We are expected to do the things which God reveals to us and then there are things that God is just not revealing to us at this time. 

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Most of us have a deep desire to understand the complexities of God and especially of His prophecies, but in so many areas we must come to accept the fact that we just cannot know some things until it is God’s time to reveal them. We must trust that God knows what He is doing even when things do not make sense to us at this time.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 

55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God sees the whole picture, He knows the end from the beginning, while we only see a small portion and usually from our own human perspective.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

To trust in the Lord with all our hearts means we must not place our own misconceptions, above His right to direct our lives the way He sees fit. Just as Proverbs 3:5 admonishes, we must not lean on our own understanding but rather lean on God, otherwise we will allow ourselves to be led astray and end up in a place where we find ourselves far from God and far from His ways. Solomon warns of this very thing in another Proverb:

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

It is so easy to deceive ourselves or to let others deceive us and and make choices based on what seems right to us, which often leads to disaster.

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

But if we are allowing God to counsel and teach us, we will be kept safe and we will be blessed.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 

1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

Ever since Adam and Eve rejected God’s rule over their lives, all of mankind has mistakenly thought that God will approve of their definition of what is right and wrong; but God never changes His standards nor His laws. He does not command us to do something one time and then tell us to do something else somewhere else. 

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If we are looking for answers and certain Scriptures seem to be contradicting each other, then we must not take one Scripture out of context to get a meaning; but we must put all the Scriptures on that subject together and look at the overall principle.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

All of us must make a decision whether to live our lives according to our own understanding or according to the unchanging Word of God. That means trusting Him with all our hearts even when it appears that doing His will is going to cause us trouble and persecution.

We often will not understand how God is causing “all things to work together for good” when we are going through certain trials, even the trials that come when we are walking in all of His ways. But God promises that He will never fail us if we are staying faithful to Him and that He will never put us through something we cannot handle.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Look to God for direction in all of your decisions, and if you and I do what is according to His commandments, and stay in His will for us, He promises to guide us; He will keep us on the right path.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Jesus tells us not to worry but to take one day at a time, “for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Trusting God means that we trust Him with all our tomorrows. 

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Paul reminds us that God’s children must live by faith:

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 

We walk by faith day by day and we grow step by step, one day and one step at a time.

Each morning we can wake up and think about God and what He wants for us this day, and we can anticipate that He is going to speak to us through His Word or an article, or a sermon or even from circumstances in our lives to show us what we need to do or what we need to learn. Everyday is another opportunity to learn new things, or perhaps to gain a better understanding of some truth that we could not see before; or He shows things that need to change in our lives.

It is so awesome that He is so near and that He is available for His children. The more we direct our thoughts toward Him, the more we can sense His presence, that He knows everything about  us, and that He is with us everywhere we go.

Psalm 139:1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 

139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 

139:3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 

139:4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 

139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 

139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

In Hebrews Paul tells us that the called-out ones can approach God whenever we want with confidence to receive the help we need to keep His ways and to keep us from temptation; and also help in making godly decisions that will keep us in His way.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

What a wonderful gift we have been given, to receive God’s Holy Spirit and that by its power God is near – dwelling in us – to help us whenever we cry out to Him for strength and guidance. Let God lead us and guide us and He will reveal wondrous things out of His Word.

Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

We are not to put any confidence in the wisdom of our own thoughts or the thoughts of men but look to Jesus Christ and to every Word of God, and He will speak to us and guide as long as we seek to follow and obey Him all our days.

We are not to walk according to our own natural reasoning but obey the prompting of God’s Spirit and of His Word. Jesus says that His sheep know His voice (John 10:16) and He told Elijah that God sometimes speaks to us in a still small voice  (1st Kings 19:11-13).

Stay in a prauerful attitude and walk by faith always and let God take care of your life. Strive to be perfectly yielded to God and His will; and He will amaze you with what He can do with you. Study God’s Word as much as you can for it abounds with golden nuggets of wisdom and knowledge and it imparts understanding in the things that we could never understand on our own.  Never stop learning!

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

God’s Word refreshes and strengthens the inner man and what we gain from it now in this life (if we are diligently seeking His priceless truth as if searching for fine gold), we will be able to take into eternity with us. Be cognizant always that the Word of God has far-reaching effects and we will realize those effects forever and ever, if we are busy writing God’s laws and precepts on our hearts while we have the opportunity as we live in this flesh.

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 

55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 

55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 

55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 

55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 

55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 

55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 

55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

We never have to worry about God changing His mind and withdrawing His love and care for us. As long as we keep trying, keep repenting when we see sin and keep living for Him, staying in constant contact with Him through prayer and study, He promises that He will never give up on us, even if all others should abandon us.

Isaiah 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Philippians 4:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win  Christ, 

4:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 

4:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 

4:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 

4:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 

4:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 

4:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

4:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Psalm 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. 

43:4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Seeking God”s wisdom and living by every Word of God is the wisest choice any of us can make. Never stop seeking to know Him and for a deeper and more fuller understanding of all His Words of Life while staying away from those who would subvert His truth, and He will be with us to the very end; He will keep us on His path that leads to the marvelous Promised Land. 

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 

4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 

4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 

4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 

4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

 James Malm and Constance Belanger

Note-  Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2016, which I then completed for posting. 


~ Feature Scripture ~

Psalm 48:14 

 For this God is our God

for ever and ever: he will be

our guide even unto death.

~ Featur

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