Scripture Reading: Genesis 24:53-67
“Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” (Genesis 24:66,67)
God clearly guided Abraham’s servant to Rebekah. We are looking at some practical ways God guides us. So far we have seen how He guides us through prayer and through His Word.
A third way God guides is through circumstances. God did not speak directly to the servant, but He guided him through numerous circumstances. God opens and shuts doors. He works through events and opportunities. God guided Paul this way. He opened and shut doors for him –“But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me” (I Corinthians 16:8,9). Paul also spoke of another open door opportunity — “How when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened the door for me” (II Corinthians 2:12).
God brings circumstances in our lives, but we have to use our minds to evaluate and analyze them. However, this assumes that we are in close fellowship with the Lord. Remember what Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.”
A fourth way God guides us is through godly counsel — “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). This is why we need to be in community with other believers, godly people of wisdom, experience, and insight. I have always had a small group of trusted advisors throughout my ministry.
A fifth way God guides is through those in authority over us. God provides umbrellas of authority over us to protect us and to guide us — “Listen, my son, to your father’s instructions and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8,9). God establishes authority structures in the home, the workplace, the church and the nation. God used Rebekah’s family to respond positively to the servant’s request (vs. 50,51). Here is a clear example of God using those in authority over us to guide us.
Sovereign Lord, thank You for the guidance You have given me throughout my life. You have open and shut doors for me. You have given me godly men and women who counseled me and advised me. You have placed me under the authority of leaders who gave me direction. Let me continue to be sensitive to Your guidance now and in the future. I may establish plans but I know that You will direct my steps.
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