by John Doyle
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will GUIDE you into all Truth……”
Psalms 48:14 “For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our GUIDE even to death”
The great Hymn Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Williams in 1745. It has been used for Worship in congregations around the World and across all denominations. Williams beautifully uses stories in Gods Word especially the book of Exodus to put the theme of God’s Guidance through difficult times.
In these difficult days of Lockdown we all need Gods Guidance, that we as Gods people can display to the World that on this journey, despite the hardships, we can proclaim that we are safely in the Loving caring Hands of our Mighty God.
But we do need to be open to the Guidance that God provides through His Word “into all truth”. And when we do this faithfully He will provide Guidance by applying:
His Guidance flows with abundant Grace “And the Grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with Faith and Love, which are in Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 1:14
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in full Unity in Guiding our directions in Life as we open up our hearts and minds to follow His Ways and not our own. Once again Gods Grace flows abundantly “The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” 2 Corinthians 13:14
When we choose to be Guided in His ways and not our own it will Inspire us to be Focused on those things that will help us to Grow in our Faith and Love for God. “For you know how we are exhorted and comforted and everyone of you as a father does to his children that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own Kingdom and Glory” 2 Thessalonians 2: 11 – 12.
When as Gods people we dedicate our lives to Him and give of ourselves to those Whom He has given to us, (Family and Friends) we have an assurance that He will Guide us in all of those things that will help us to remain on track and fulfill the will of God for each of our lives “Let your heart be wholly dedicated to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments as of this day” 1 Kings 8:61
The Lord so desires to empower His people so that the World can see that there is Hope in God, despite the Trials and Tribulations that the Lockdown and Covid19 has brought to the World. In Christ we have been empowered by Faith to share His Love and the Gospel by practically applying the Fruit of Gods Holy Spirit to those whom He sends our way “We are strengthened with all might, according to His glorious Power, for all patience and Longsuffering with joy, giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints that walk in the Light” Colossians 1: 11 – 12.
Let me encourage you today to allow our Triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit to provide Guidance for you as you journey on, in these difficult times and when we apply the G.U.I.D.E principals given above we can be assured that God will make a way “Thus says the Lord, which makes a way in the sea, and a path through the mighty waters” Isaiah 43:16
Yes, Its time to sing with me this great Hymn of the Faith.
1. Guide me, O my great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are Mighty; hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me now and evermore, Feed me now and evermore.
2. Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing waters flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar, lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer, Ever be my strength and shield,
ever be my strength and shield.
3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell’s Destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever sing to you,
I WILL EVER SING TO YOU.
In the Love of the Lord Jesus,
John and Barbara.