The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
Have you ever been lost, whether physically or maybe mentally? It is during those times when you just weren’t sure where you are.
I have! In both circumstances that is for sure. Several years ago I went on a mission trip to Peru. At one point the group split into two smaller groups and headed out. The further the group I was in got from the other group and the higher we got into the Andes Mountain the more we became aware that we were lost. You know there aren’t any street signs up on those dry dusty roads and goggle earth wasn’t even up and running at that time. The only life we found at one point was a pack of llamas and they refused to give good directions.
It did get a little frustrating but eventually we found the village we were looking for and the rest of the trip we laughed about it.
But it is those times when we are lost mentally that seems to cause more of a struggle. Maybe it is in the not knowing what the next step in life should be, what direction a ministry should take or maybe it is closer to the heart of parenting, raising that child and making the correct choices.
This is where today's verse gives me a pause of thankfulness. God says He will guide, advise us and watch over us. Can I get a collective sigh of relief?
Guide- Have you ever been on an adventure with a guide? They point out the best places to put your foot when the terrain gets rocky. They direct your eyes to the best vantage points and they show you the things that an untrained eye would normally miss. God is telling us that He is our guide and He not only knows the best foot placements but also knows the best vantage points and what we might miss along the way if left to ourselves.
Advise- God is the ultimate advisor! He is better than the college professor that helped you coordinate your classes for obtaining the degree you longed for. He is better that the financial pro that helps you put your portfolio together so that funds will not run out for retirement. His advising doesn’t rely on stock markets or academic requirements. God knows the BIG picture and advises you for what is the perfect, very best for your life to bring Him honor and glory! God only advises what is best with no risk to your future with him.
Watching over-When my boys were little I would watch over them with a close eye. I would see when they were headed in the wrong direction and reroute their steps. However there were times when I would let my mind wander and my watch over them wasn’t as on point. They would veer way off track before I could correct them quickly enough. With God that isn’t so. His watch is constant and doesn’t get altered by things fighting for his attention. He is ever seeing! God watches over us without delay, interruption or slackness.
God sees the big picture! And for that I am so thankful. I am called like a child to his parents to listen the God’s voice. God is and always will be the best guide, advisor and one to watch over me!
Are you allowing Him that role in your life? Are you listening to His voice?
May we all be open to allowing God to do in our lives what He alone can do best!