THE GOD WHO GUIDES (Part 1)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 24:28-52

“The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send His angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family.” (Genesis 24:40)

As we have seen, this chapter begins with Abraham’s concern for Isaac to have the right wife. Abraham charged his most trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac among his relatives. Abraham’s servant traveled to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor, which was about a 450 mile journey. When he arrived, he prayed to the Lord and God answered his prayer. He met Rebekah. The servant clearly understood that the Lord had guided him to her — “As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives” (v. 27b).

Proverbs 16:9 speaks of God’s guidance — “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” God will direct our steps as He guides us to His perfect will. Let’s look at some practical ways God guides us.

First, God guides us through prayer — “If anyone of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). We must ask God to guide us. We must ask in faith and be passionate and persistent in our prayers. God wants us to be specific in our prayers. The servant began his quest for a wife of Isaac by turning to the Lord in prayer — “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham” (v.12).

Second, God guides us through His Word — “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word gives light as we seek guidance. Sometimes we may get a direct answer from the Bible. We learn principles from the Word that will lead us. If what we are considering is not consistent with what is revealed in the Bible or with the principles we learn from Scripture, we must conclude that it is not His will.

At other times the answer may not be direct. However, time in God’s Word sharpens our character and makes us more sensitive to God’s Spirit. Time in the word means more than simply reading it; it means meditating upon it. We will be far more apt to be led by God when we are in close fellowship with Him as we pray and meditate upon His Word.

We will continue in our study about God’s guidance in the next post.

Sovereign Lord, You are the God who guides me. I can look back over my life and see how Your hand has directed me as I made decisions and choices. Thank You for the gifts of prayer and Your Word. Let me be faithful in my Bible meditation and prayer. Draw me close to You so that I will know You and be able to discern Your will better.

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