The Joy of Certain Guidance

1 09 2007

This post, and the one below, constitutes some reflections on this important weekend for Carolyn and I, as we contemplate the conclusion of our ministry in Armagh Baptist Church tomorrow. As a couple we’ve been so blessed by the guidance and grace of God made apparently and abundantly known to us as we have sensed the call of God to mission. We can truly say ‘All the way my Saviour leads me, what have I to ask besides?’. Today’s first reading from Spurgeon’s ‘Morning and Evening’ has been a rich blessing and I thought I’d share it here as a balancing post to the one previously posted this morning. What a joy it is to walk in God’s path, to trust His hand, and to know His sustaining grace!

“Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”—Psalm 73:24.

The Psalmist felt his need of divine guidance. He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he should be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel should henceforth guide him. A sense of our own folly is a great step towards being wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord. The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches home in safety, and so would we give ourselves up implicitly to divine guidance, nothing doubting; assured that though we cannot see, it is always safe to trust the All-seeing God. “Thou shalt,” is a blessed expression of confidence. He was sure that the Lord would not decline the condescending task. There is a word for thee, O believer; rest thou in it. Be assured that thy God will be thy counsellor and friend; He shall guide thee; He will direct all thy ways. In His written Word thou hast this assurance in part fulfilled, for holy Scripture is His counsel to thee. Happy are we to have God’s Word always to guide us! What were the mariner without his compass? And what were the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows all the way. Blessed be Thou, O God, that we may trust Thee to guide us now, and guide us even to the end! After this guidance through life, the Psalmist anticipates a divine reception at last—”and afterward receive me to glory.” What a thought for thee, believer! God Himself will receive thee to glory—thee! Wandering, erring, straying, yet He will bring thee safe at last to glory! This is thy portion; live on it this day, and if perplexities should surround thee, go in the strength of this text straight to the throne.

If you’d like more information about our forthcoming missionary service then please email us here, and we’ll happily send you a pdf copy of our first prayer letter, and subsequent letters as they’re produced. If you’d prefer it in hard copy then feel free to include your postal address in your email and we’ll make sure it makes its way to your door mat instead of your inbox.

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