the god who guides
Just as old, bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust before them a most beautiful volume, even if they recognise it to be some sort of writing, yet can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of spectacles will begin to read distinctly; so Scripture, gathering up the otherwise confused knowledge of God in our minds, having dispersed our dullness, clearly shows us the true God.
This past weekend I attended a camp that was all about guidance and how God is guiding us. Ultimately, as this quote so wonderfully puts it, the bible is our main source of guidance, the pair of spectacles, so to speak, that reveals God’s will for our lives. I want to share a few things that I learnt with you.
Hebrews 1:1-4 says that in the past God spoke to his people ‘at various times and in various ways’ but now he speaks to us in one way, ‘by (through) his Son’, Jesus who is the word of God made flesh. Ultimately, the scriptures are the only place we can go for clear guidance about where God wants us to go or what he wants us to do. He doesn’t speak to us through visions or prophets anymore and neither can we rely on our circumstances or emotions to instruct us- we must look to the bible as our ultimate source of guidance and authority.
Another key aspect I learnt from the sessions is that guidance comes in two forms: behind the scenes guidance and conscious cooperation guidance. Behind the scenes guidance is the work of God without us being aware of it, it is the way he is guiding us in life when we may not even realise. Whereas conscious cooperation guidance is when God specifically calls on us to go a certain way. However we must be careful at claiming that we hear a calling from God if it is not in line with his will. Nonetheless both types of guidance puts God in control and should, as a result, lead us to trust and praise him for his dependability.
One other part to this is the flawed belief that if we do not follow in God’s plan for our lives, we will end up choosing his 2nd best. Because when we believe this we are saying that God is not sovereign enough to use every decision and choice that we make to ultimately guide us into his plan for our lives. God will always have his way in the end.
I hope that as I was, you feel encouraged to remember that God is guiding your life in all decisions, both the big and the small. He always has our best in store even when we think our own plan it better and we should be continually praising the God who guides. As Isaiah 55:9 says-As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.