I have questioned a major decision and life change I made some years ago. It was made after months of seeking God’s wisdom and His protection from mistaken planning. I fully trusted His guidance.
But years of challenge and hardships followed, and hopes were abandoned. My family endured strain and loss in our financial, physical, marriage, and spiritual health. I struggled with God. Why guide us into a path of trouble? The problem must be with me. Did we push our agenda and refuse to listen? Do I have any clue about discerning God’s direction? Has my faith life been a sham of misunderstanding how God leads us?
I went to scripture, and learned how God leads: “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
God has said He would lead and guide us. This is more than counseling, more than imparting wisdom, more than nudging us. God promises to walk us, to bring us, to carry us, to take us to His chosen destination. This is God who is sovereign over nations, who turns the hearts of kings, who knew us before we were born, recorded all our days, and prepared in advance good works for us to do. He is actively involved in our journey.
He understands that we are blind. God alone knows the fullness of His purposes for each of us. His omniscience sees every aspect, every consequence, and every hurdle. Rest in the one who knows the future. He asks us to live by faith, not by sight.
We may find ourselves in unfamiliar paths. We may be tempted to doubt God or be anxious that we have gone the wrong direction. His ways will often be curious, or contrary, to worldly wisdom. He has not promised that the journey will make sense, but that He will get us to the right place.
God promises to turn the darkness, the confusion and questions before us today, and shine a light on the next step. Tomorrow’s step may still be in the dark, but when it is time to act, He will remove the immediate obstacles and smooth the way.
Consider Christ, our Good Shepherd. He leads His flock by going before them and calling them. He knows them intimately and brings back the strays. He deals tenderly with the young and feeble. He watches night and day, and, if necessary, will give up His life to protect them from harm.
Like sheep, I may not always discern God’s leading. But I will stand firm knowing that it is God Almighty who takes responsibility to get us where He wants us. He will do it. He has promised not to forsake us, not to let go, not to fail us, and not to leave us behind. We can trust Him; for the great I AM has said I WILL.
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” Psalm 138:8
Gail Bujorian is married, with two adult children. Redeemed by Jesus about 30 years ago, Gail has been active in women’s ministry for many years while still working full-time as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner. She is easily pleased with a good book!
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