“Assurance of Guidance” February 29

 

Assurance of Guidance

Are you ever tempted to worry when you’re faced with a decision? How do you know which is the right choice? Wouldn’t it be nice if life came with a GPS system! Could it be you need a better understanding of our assurance of guidance as believers in Jesus Christ?

 

Happy Leap Year & Good Morning! 

There is no reading on my plan for today so I thought I would just say “Good Morning” and share something I heard yesterday.

As some of you know, my husband and I head up the Biblical Counseling Ministry at our church. We are blessed to have another full time counselor on staff and 16 or 17 volunteers who each take 1-4 cases a week.

Yesterday afternoon, we met as a group for some “iron sharpening iron” (Prov. 27.17). One of our volunteers shared several key promises or assurances she teaches counselees to help them learn to trust God more.

One was the assurance of eternal security (Jn. 10.28). Another was the assurance of answered prayer (Jn. 14.13-14). Yet another was the assurance of forgiveness (1 Jn. 1.9).

But the one I woke up thinking about this morning was the assurance of guidance.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. (Prov. 3.5-6)

She explained that this verse has 3 commands and a promise.

The three commands:

  • Trust in the Lord
  • Lean not on your own understanding
  • Acknowledge Him

To trust is to put your full weight on something. We can and should trust in Him.

When she explained what it means to “lean not on our own understanding,” she talked about her recent knee surgery and how exhausting it was to walk on crutches. Relying on ourselves is exhausting, too, and ultimately futile.

And finally, to acknowledge Him in all we do. Is God at the center of all we do? Do we consider how each action or decision will be seen by Him? Is our desire to please Him (2 Cor. 5.9), rather than ourselves or others? Do we acknowledge His omni-presence (Ps. 139.1-18)?

And the promise:

  • He shall direct your path

Life can be confusing. We face decisions everyday: in our homes, on our jobs, with our families. Isn’t it good to know that if we will trust in Him, lean not on our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge Him, the One who knows the future (Is. 46.10), will direct our paths! We have His assurance of guidance!

Leap year blessings,
Donna



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