Friday, December 31, 2010

"And the LORD shall guide thee continually. " - Isaiah 58:11

Once again I am drawn to the words of Charles Spurgeon who penned the following deep meditations:

Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel's guidance: He Himself leads the van. You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you. Notice the word shall - "The Lord shall guide thee."

How certain this makes it! How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious "shalls" and "wills" are better than men's oaths. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Then observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes, but we are to have a perpetual monitor; not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at His heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in. If you have to change your position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if it should happen that you are cast into poverty, or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy; if you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes, yet tremble not, for "the Lord shall guide thee continually." There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road. You have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal power to defend you. "Jehovah" - mark the word - "Jehovah shall guide thee continually."

I don't know about anyone else but that encouragement blesses me abundantly as though being wrapped in a warm blanket or comforted by a soothing word or heartfelt embrace.  My eyes have seen and my ears have heard too much to ever doubt the Good Shepherd's guidance.

I have been placed and relocated... I have had to "change my position in life", "emigrate to distant shores" (then back again), was "cast into poverty" and dependent upon others for assistance, I was moved to an unfamiliar city (though blessed with the company of family), then returned "among foes", yet my focus is and remains on the cross.  My heart's desire is to walk with God, like Enoch... to simply disappear one day from this earth and be able to step from this world into God's Kingdom or be taken up on a chariot of fire like Elijah.  I was not/am not mistaken.  I "have infallible wisdom to direct" me, "immutable love to comfort" me, and "eternal power to defend" me!  I am honored to call my King "master" and go as He directs my heart.  I certainly don't understand and at times I fight my pride.  But truly I am blessed and thankful beyond measure.  Though pruning/refining hurts, it makes me more like Christ and therefore more beautiful.

Come fellow pilgrim, let us travel hand in hand and pray for one another.  (Those who are uncertain are invited to come along too, of course.)
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