Receiving God’s guidance Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all the day long”. NIV Bible Extra Reading: Psalm 25:1-10
Without guidance, any growing child will go astray in his or her adult life. God’s guidance is promised to those who genuinely desire it and seek it. From the Scripture we have just read, it is clearly indicated that God is ready to guide His people. Why? Because God has purposes and plans for His people, as individuals and communities. Believers and all local churches should seek his direction and counsel in discerning these purposes and plans in their lives. I strongly believe that God’s guidance is needed because people are naturally ignorant and rebellious and there are many who lead others astray. The prophet Jeremiah once said, “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” Jeremiah 10:23 NIV Bible. The man of God was so accurate. Modern man likes to be in control of his or her own life, with God distant from his memory. Our Lord Jesus Christ was more than willing to do the will of His Father in heaven (John 6:38).
Christians need to be aware that there are people who intentionally mislead others in the course of their lives. These are people like false prophets and teachers. The Bible warns against such people, “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering” (Luke 11:52). There are also false shepherds and guides, idols and mediums, and other agencies spreading lies (Matthew 24:24). People have to know that there are adverse consequences of false guidance and disobedience (Jeremiah 6:16). Young Christians should know that God has raised numerous examples of experienced Godly men and women who may help guide them into truth. Who is your guide?
Prayer: Father God, guide us through your Holy Spirit, and godly men and women. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Rev. Samuel N. Modise 2013