First Wednesday Focus is on our word for 2020 - ABIDE.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NRSV
Guidance is an interesting subject. Giving it can be much easier than receiving it. In my career as an Executive Administrator the process of giving guidance was a never-ending task. On the other hand, receiving guidance could be challenging. The temptation was to take it as simply pointing out a personal weakness, a failure of some sort or dismissing it as a lack of the givers understanding of my intentions. In light of this it was easy to reject the guidance that was being offered. Thankfully, I would quickly make the choice to accept it as for my benefit discovering that it was laced with useful directives and an abundance of encouragement. Guidance spurred me on to valuable growth and development...but I had to ALLOW the guidance in order to experience it.
God guides in many ways. He provides leaders to guide us (Genesis 33:15). He provides nature to guide us - a cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21). He provides a father’s good advice and a mother’s teachings to guide us (Proverbs 6:20). His Word is our steady guide.
GOD GUIDES BY WATCHING OVER US: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will guide you with my eye. Psalm 32:8
GOD GUIDES LOVINGLY: In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. Exodus 13:15 NIV
GOD GUIDES US ALWAYS: The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
Allowing God’s guidance requires choosing to serve Him on His terms not ours. He wants to encourage us and spur us on to all that He intends for us to be and do. This choice enables His plan to unfold before us rather than in spite of us. Left to our own devices we may reject or not recognize it. As we ABIDE in Him by allowing His guidance, His loving presence permeates our lives.
GOD WILL GUIDE AS WE ABIDE!
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