If You Will Let God Guide
Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6, The Message
By working hard and living frugally, Georg Neumark, 20, saved enough for college. He packed a few bags and took off for the University of Konigsberg. Unfortunately, he was robbed along the way and lost everything except his prayer book and a few coins. Neumark wandered around, thinly dressed, cold, and hungry until he found a tutoring job. God provided for his needs, and he was able to enroll in the university the next year. Out of the experience Neumark wrote a tremendous hymn—still occasionally sung today: “If you will only let God guide you, and hope in Him through all your ways, / Whatever comes, He’ll stand beside you, to bear you through the evil days.”
One of Neumark’s verses reminds us to never “doubt our inmost wants are known / to Him who chose us for His own.”
God alone knows your inmost wants and needs. He created us with needs only He can meet, and if we will let Him guide us, He’ll meet our needs, strengthen our hearts, and bear us through the evil days.
A Single Thought: God’s purpose and plans may seem elusive at times, but are never far from those who seek Him.
Recommended Reading: Proverbs 3:1-10
The Habit of Recognizing God’s Provision
…you may be partakers of the divine nature… —2 Peter 1:4
We are made “partakers of the divine nature,” receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature into our human nature by developing godly habits. The first habit to develop is the habit of recognizing God’s provision for us. We say, however, “Oh, I can’t afford it.” One of the worst lies is wrapped up in that statement. We talk as if our heavenly Father has cut us off without a penny! We think it is a sign of true humility to say at the end of the day, “Well, I just barely got by today, but it was a severe struggle.” And yet all of Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will reach to the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will only obey Him.
Does it really matter that our circumstances are difficult? Why shouldn’t they be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God’s riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests. It causes us to open our mouths only to complain, and we simply become spiritual sponges— always absorbing, never giving, and never being satisfied. And there is nothing lovely or generous about our lives.
Before God becomes satisfied with us, He will take everything of our so-called wealth, until we learn that He is our Source; as the psalmist said, “All my springs are in You” (Psalm 87:7). If the majesty, grace, and power of God are not being exhibited in us, God holds us responsible. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you…may have an abundance…” (2 Corinthians 9:8)— then learn to lavish the grace of God on others, generously giving of yourself. Be marked and identified with God’s nature, and His blessing will flow through you all the time.
Defenders of the faith are inclined to be bitter until they learn to walk in the light of the Lord. When you have learned to walk in the light of the Lord, bitterness and contention are impossible. Biblical Psychology, 199 R