Recognising God’s hand

The Doctor's Life Support for 21 September

The Lord will guide you always …

Isaiah 58: 11

God’s promise of guidance is certain and repeated. He has recreated us and has a prepared plan for our lives. (Ephesians 2: 10) Jesus himself promised that his followers would not walk in darkness but have the light of life. (John 8: 12) Yet in our professional and social lives recognising and applying God’s will is a continuous and necessary practicality. The following thoughts stem from long experience: 1. God is more anxious than we are that we should know his will, trying neither to delude us nor obscure his plans. But we are not always ready for the answer for which we ask. God’s promises are often conditional on our mindset: ‘In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’ (Proverbs 3: 6) ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.’ (Matthew 6: 33) 2. God sometimes withholds answering our requests, having some better thing for us, ‘For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!’ (Isaiah 30: 18) 3. Guidance may be given in different ways to different people and in different ways to the same person. Our God is a living God of infinite resource and initiative, seldom working in the same way twice. 4. We may not be acutely aware of God’s guidance at the time, but with hindsight can see how unerring it has been. A multiplicity of ‘coincidences’ of circumstance and timing assure our hearts of his good hand upon us. Child of my love, fear not the unknown morrow, Fear not the new demand life makes on thee, Thy ignorance shall be no cause for sorrow Since what thou knowest not is known to me.

Written by Muriel Crouch from the UK

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