"God our Guide" Tuesday Psalm 48:14
“For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.”
Psalm 48:14 (NLT)
What do you think of when you think of guiding someone? The image that comes to mind for me is when I was learning how to ride a bicycle for the first time. Unsteady but fierce I remember the feeling of finally being able to get the thing moving but having serious issues with staying on the road! Every time I’d head towards the curb, and an almost certain face plant into the grass, a gentle hand from my mom or dad would grab the handlebars to correct my path and get me back on the pavement. They were guiding me along the path that would protect from destruction.
As this Psalmist points out, God is faithful to guide us but even greater context and understanding of this can be found in Isaiah 30:21,
“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’." (NIV)
This passage is a word from God directed to His people in the midst of their rebellion promising them that they will one day hear His voice again clearly guiding them and they will respond. He is revealing to them His willingness and desire to guide them out of paths of destruction and into His path of life and wholeness.
God does not control, at least not in the way we think of control. He calls, consults and guides us but waits for our response and agreement. He doesn’t force His ways on us even though they ultimately offer the best life to us.
He desires our hearts and sets out to win them.
To be controlled by someone is to lose the essence of love. From freedom we can sincerely choose someone or something and that creates a much stronger bond than if given no choice. Knowing that my husband chooses me and chooses to make decisions based on maintaining his relationship with me is the way I would want our marriage to be as opposed to him feeling some sense of obligation to be with me.
God desires that we would have the freedom to choose Him and His ways out of love for Him.
That is why He guides without control. He calls Himself our shepherd (John 10:11) who leads His people and is willing to give up His life for them. He promises we will hear His voice (John 10:27-28) and will not be left to fend for ourselves. He never removed the free will He gave us and with that the power of choice. He has offered all He is and has to us but it is our choice to receive from Him or not.
Sometimes out of our insecurity it’s almost like we would rather God control us than have to take responsibility for our own choice of whether or not to follow Him. Many times I’ve found myself demanding, “God just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” Although He has answered that prayer in some contexts, when my heart is actually filled with fear and doubt in His willingness to speak to me and my ability to hear Him, He usually does not answer with a direct order but rather an invitation to get to know Him better. As sons and daughters, we have the opportunity to discover all the good purpose and plan our Father has for our lives. It’s not easy at times and we get distracted from a lot of different angles. His voice is so different from the multitude of “voices” and messages we hear every day. But remember God binds Himself to us forever and stands by His promise. No matter what it may seem like we can anchor ourselves like the Israelite’s did as they sang this verse above on His faithfulness and heart to guide us. We can know that “He is our God forever and He will guide us until we die.”
Take whatever leap He may be calling you to take today. Listen for His voice of guidance and direction in whatever season you are in. He is there - He promised He would be. I pray you hear the voice of your Father clearer than ever today.
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