When I read this scripture and think about the truth that God guides me, my first thought is gratitude -- thank goodness it's not up to me! We think we want control, then we run to Him to fix the gigantic mess we make. We think we are capable of navigating life, but so very quickly we are overwhelmed with the weight of it all. We have a few weeks without challenges and think we can handle a situation or a relationship. We sail along without seeking His guidance or acknowledging His grace, then we're blindsided and how quickly things change. Oh, how easily and quickly we can forget how utterly dependent we are on Christ.
Another word that stands out to me in this verse is "continually." When we live in those seasons with our eyes turned inward rather than fixed on Christ, it's easy to think that He has abandoned us when trial or disappointment comes. We may not feel His nearness, we may not understand the reason for our circumstances, we may think He's disappointed in us or punishing us. Friend, that is not the Christ of scripture. We live in the shelter of His grace. Roman's 3:24 says, "Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." His guidance, His grace, His presence and His desire for an intimate relationship with is us continual. It's constant. It never waivers or fades.
We can be grateful that we don't have to make every decision in our on wisdom. Our knowledge of a situation isn't all there is to know. But, we have a direct connection to the One who knows all and sees all. He's omniscient -- all-knowing. It seems to me that our our journey with Christ through this life all comes down to trust. Peace only comes from trust. Confidence and boldness come from trust. Showing grace in our relationships with others is about trust. Our willingness to let Him lead, following His guidance is about trust. Don't we tend to complicate everything? In reality, it's simple. Not easy, but simple. We either trust God completely with everything or we really don't trust Him at all. There's not really any in between. He is fully trustworthy because He is faithful. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, "If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is."
Isaiah 58:11 also comes with a promise beyond being guided continually. It also tells us what that looks and feels like: "The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." What beautiful imagery of the peace and fulfillment that comes from trusting His guidance.
Read more affirmations about about God's guidance: Exodus 15:13, Psalms 16:7, Psalms 73:24, Isaiah 48:17. Find them here on the website.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you that you are completely and constantly trustworthy. Thank you that you desire good for us and that your way is perfect. Help us Lord in our desire to trust you completely. Help us to see any areas where we're still trying to control our lives or the lives of others. Help us to lay that down to trust you. As we do Lord, fill us with your perfect peace. Amen.