“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, . . . ” ( ► John 14:26 )
Congratulations and welcome to the second week of August 2021. Last week, we began a series titled: Understanding the Wonders of Divine Direction and in Part 1 of the series, we established that believers are guaranteed to make the most of their journey on the earth when the LORD is their Shepherd.
Continuing with the series, I will like to begin by saying that the secret of divine guidance is the Guide (Psalm 16:11). The LORD directs the steps of the godly and delights in every detail of their lives. Last week, we saw how God led Abraham to generational greatness and led Isaac forward till he became the envy of the strongest nation of his days (Genesis 26).
Genesis 46 has another account of divine guidance and this time it was with Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. In that Bible account, we see God using difficulties, desires, and direction to lead Jacob into His will. Today, I will like us to consider the first component – Difficulties.
One of the ways God will lead us to make a change is through difficulty in our present situation. In Genesis 46, God used the crisis in Canaan (a famine) to move Jacob to a new location. In Vs.1, we see Jacob in need of a Word from the Lord to make him move to Egypt. He stopped at Beersheba to inquire from God. In response, God assured him that it was His will for Jacob to move to Egypt and promised him that He was going to go down to Egypt with him, and bring him back again. He also assured Jacob of His presence (Vs.4).
Like Jacob, you and I need to depend on God’s leading. Like Jacob, we need to follow the simple directions of God’s Word in our everyday lives. Only then are we guaranteed blessings. While going through difficulties, rather than cry out, “God, why are You doing this to me?”, the real question should be, “God, what are You trying to say to me?”. God has a purpose in everything that comes into your life and mine. We may not be able to comprehend the why of things at the present but chances are that God may be using your present difficulty to move you to a new location.
Guidance for a Christian comes from our ongoing relationship with God and being guided by Him is a part of that relationship. Remember that signs are temporary; whereas a relationship is permanent. Signs can also be misinterpreted, misread, or not seen at all. That is why God wants to lead us in each step of our journey, not just in the biggies; and He does that best by walking with us, being in relationship with us so as I sign off this week, my prayer for you is that like Jacob, you will, even in times of uncertainty, seek, trust and depend on God’s leadership because He has a wonderful plan for your life and His plan does not change with changing circumstances.
God will NOT FAIL you!