In the first part of this series, we looked at who our guide is, and found much comfort in knowing that the Lord is our Guide. He is the perfect Guide because He knows the way we need to go, He knows the dangers we will face, and He knows the destination. He stays close to us as we travel and provides all we need for the journey.
In this devotional, we will look at the ways God guides us. When we understand how He leads we will become better followers. We will be better able to discern which path is the right one, by remembering these simple truths from Scripture.
“Your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in Your truth.” Psalm 26:3
This verse shows us two ways God guides His children. First, He leads us by His love. His love is perfect (1 John 4:18), it is great (Psalm 86:13), good (Psalm 69:16), unfailing (Psalm 143:8), and endures forever (Psalm 136). Everything God does in the lives of His children is done according to His love. God’s love gives us confidence in His leading. It is a love that you and I can always trust. 1 John 4:18 also tells us that God’s perfect love drives out fear. What is there to be afraid of when the love of God is leading us? God declared to His people, “I led them with …ties of love.” (Hosea 11:4) When love leads the way, we are compelled to follow.
Psalm 26:3 also tells us God leads us in His truth. Truth carries the promise of “faithfulness, reliability, and trustworthiness.” Where can we find this truth? Jesus declared, “Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17) Psalm 119 is filled with praise for God’s Word, declaring that it is righteous (v. 7), helps us guard against sin (v. 11), is filled with wonderful things (v. 18), is a delight (v. 24); gives freedom (v.45), hope ,(v. 49), and comfort (v. 50); teaches us knowledge and good judgment (v. 66); is trustworthy (v. 86), eternal, (v.89),and boundless (v. 98); keeps us from evil (v 101), is more valuable than pure gold (v. 127), is forever right (v. 144), and true (v. 151). Verse 105 proclaims, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” This verse says God’s Word is the way of truth and light. God’s Word –His truth -is the light we need to protect us, sustain us and lead us.
“May Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10
God leads us by His Holy Spirit. In the days of the Old Testament, God’s Spirit often fell on the great men and women of Scripture, empowering and directing them for the God-task ahead, and then departing from them afterward. Since the days of Pentecost, God’s Spirit has come to dwell within believers. He has come to stay and give us continual power and direction. Isaiah 30:21 offers us a precious promise from God, “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.’” The Holy Spirit is that voice for the believer. Listening carefully, we will be empowered, strengthened, and led by His Spirit.
“Lead me, Lord, in Your righteousness” (Psalm 5:8)
The Lord will always lead us in the right way. He will always lead us according to His righteousness, which means “according to God’s proper standard.” He will lead us in ways that agree with His character. Psalm 139:21 is David’s plea that God will “lead me in the way everlasting.” This “everlasting way” is by definition, “the everlasting way of life, which is from of old and lasting.” Hebrews 1:12 assures us that “God will remain the same” and Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He will lead us in the righteous way He has lead his people for generations. Walking in the righteousness that is ours through Jesus Christ, we can be sure we will reach our destination.
God has promised to lead us, but it is up to us to follow Him. If we want to go with God, we must know His ways and heed the words of Proverbs 4:25, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you” We must continually look to our righteous Guide who leads us in the good way to the perfect destination.
Holy Father, faithful Guide; Lead me in the way everlasting, in the good way of Your love, Your truth, Your Sprit and Your righteousness. I surrender all my ways to You and trust that Your way is always the right way. Amen.
Today’s devotional is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Brillhart, a wonderful friend, encourager, adopted “grandmother,” and a godly mentor. You were a walking testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of God. I love you.