Promises of God's Guidance:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
âAnd you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, . . . . To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.â
Luke 1: 76-77 and 79
The Bible gives us many promises of God's guidance. The 23rd Psalm reminds us that God is always with us, Isaiah 42 shows us that God clears the way before us, and Luke 1 tells us that Christ came to give the knowledge of salvation and guide our feet into the way of peace.
In a world filled with turmoil and unrest, what a comfort we find in the 23rd Psalm. We do not become a Christian and then find that we are left on our own; God is always with us, leading and guiding in the way we should go. Psalm 23:2 says, He leads me beside the still waters. What a beautiful picture that paints.
Isaiah goes even further when it says, I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. We never need to live in fear; God will turn the darkness to light and make the crooked and difficult paths straight. How prone we are, however, to live in fear and turmoil about the future. Trust in the Lord; He alone can lead you and make the way safe before you.
Now, look at the beautiful words of Luke 1:79, To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. In this life we often pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death; darkness often seems to overwhelm us. How difficult it is for us to trust Christ to guide us in the way of peace. God is faithful; He will guide us safely through all of the circumstances of this life until it is time for us to go home to be with Him forever.
Pray today for that peace and for those quiet waters. Ask God for the grace and help to live, trusting in the promises of God's guidance.