FOR INSTRUCTION

Ps 25:4-5: Shew me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: for You art the God of my salvation; on You do I wait all the day.

For the right spiritual application of Truth, and for the right personal application of it to my own peculiar circumstances, I need a direct Divine teaching, and the child-like confidence that that teaching will indeed be given. I must wait on God for His guidance, and not proceed according to my own wisdom or will without hearing from Him. Psalm 25 expresses my absolute need, and the absolute certainty, of Divine guidance. Waiting for guidance, waiting for instruction, habitually looking upwards all the day, not only in special difficulties but in the common course of everyday life, is a very blessed part of waiting upon God. Our Father in Heaven is so interested in His child, and so longs to have my life at every step in His will and His love, that He is willing to keep His guidance entirely in His own hand. He knows so well that I am unable to do what is really holy and Heavenly, except as He works it in me…both to will and to do…that He means His very demands to become promises of what He will do in watching over and leading me all the day.

In my times of prayer, I need to give clear expression to my sense of need, to my conscious awareness and acknowledgment before God of my ignorance as to what His way may be, and to my child-like faith that my Father will indeed show me the way I am to go. I must empty myself of all my preferences in the matter I bring before Him…all of my wishes, desires or hopes as to what His answer may be…until I can sincerely say in my heart, “Father, it no longer matters to me where You lead me or place me, or how. That is rather for You to consider than for me. For in the easiest position, You must still give me Your grace, and in the most difficult, Your grace is sufficient. It is enough for me knowing that You know why You place me where I am, or lead me in the direction You want me to go…whether to do, or to learn, or just, perhaps, to suffer for Your Name’s sake. It no longer matters to me what I do or what I suffer; all that matters is that You keep my heart lovingly and joyfully joined with Your will.” I need only just wait quietly before God in prayer, until the deep, restful assurance fills me: My Father will show me the way I am to go; “the meek He will guide in the way.”

My absolute surrender to His Divine guidance must be cultivated, and will be evidenced by my habitual looking upwards all the day, to walk all the day in the enjoyment of God’s light and leading. All that is necessary is a real knowledge and faith in God as the One only source of Wisdom and Goodness, as ever ready to be gracious, to be my life, and to work ALL in me, longing much to be to me all that I can possibly ever need or want or desire. The desire of His loving heart is to pour all of His Blessedness and Goodness into me, to have intimate fellowship with me, and to be one with me, as They are One with each other in the Unity of the Blessed Trinity.

This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.  My soul, wait thou only upon God!

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