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Throwback Thursday: Getting Direction From God

GETTING DIRECTION FROM GOD

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Have you ever struggled with making a big decision? Perhaps you were choosing the right job or the best school. What about the right person to marry? Big decisions must be made in God’s will.

Eliezer had to choose a wife, but not for himself. His master, Abraham had appointed Eliezer as matchmaker for his son, Isaac. What a task! Abraham did not want Isaac marrying a Canaanite woman. Isaac’s bride must come from Abraham’s former country and family, but Isaac could not go there himself.

Eliezer arrived in Nahor, stopping at a well where he prayed for success with this huge responsibility. Women were coming to the well for water, so he made a specific prayer request. He would ask for a drink of water. Isaac’s bride would be the one who would give him a drink and then offer to water his camels.

Before he could finish speaking, Rebekah approached the well. She gladly gave Eliezer a drink of water, and just as he had prayed, she offered to give water to his camels until they were finished drinking.

Eliezer watched her in amazement. Not only had God directed him to Rebekah, but she was generous and beautiful. He confirmed that she was from Abraham’s family, and then he worshiped God, giving Him thanks.

Friend, when faced with decisions, we must pray and trust God. According to our verse, we cannot lean on our own understanding. We cannot doubt that the answer is from God when we have asked Him to guide us. As James says, “For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6b). When we ask God to direct our steps, we must believe that He is leading us. Times of indecision will be conquered with time in prayer.

MEMORY VERSE

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Ps. 37:23 NKJV

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read Gen. 24:1-28.

THE NAMES OF GOD

Jehovah Rohi – The Lord My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Ps. 23:1 NKJV

As a shepherd guides his sheep, so Jehovah Rohi guides His children. Shepherds lead sheep to good grazing areas away from high cliffs and danger. Jehovah Rohi leads believers in the paths we should take. Abraham’s servant had learned enough from his master to ask God for direction in choosing Isaac’s bride. Jehovah Rohi has not changed. He will guide us in the same way He guided Eliezer.

WALKING THE WALK

As you pray for God’s guidance, consider the following:

 

Does the decision contradict Scripture? God will never lead you to do anything contrary to His Word.

  • Is there sin in your life? If yes, you need to take care of that area of your life before making any major decisions.
  • Does the decision glorify God?

Heavenly Father,

It lifts a weight off our shoulders knowing that we can ask You to lead and direct our steps. Help us live holy lives giving You glory in all we do. Amen.

 

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Do We Believe or Do We Worry

 

DO WE BELIEVE OR DO WE WORRY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him.

And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Matthew 9:28 NKJV

Do we really believe? Do I believe God can heal me? Do I really believe God will supply our needs when my husband loses his job and the bills are mounting up? We say that we believe God can do anything, but what about an hour later when we see that hospital bill? Do we begin to worry? Anxiety creeps in when the doctor says the treatments aren’t working. Fear takes control when the new job falls through.

What happens when uneasiness takes over? Physically, it affects our sleep, appetite, and health. Emotionally, it creates stress and anxiety. Spiritually, it is sin.

Worry tells God He is unfaithful. Worry says we don’t trust God to keep His promises. Worry and faith cannot exist together because they are opposites. When cares rob us of peace, we are allowing our circumstances to control us rather than the inerrant Word of God.

“Worry” comes from a German word meaning “to choke or strangle”. That vividly describes how we feel when we obsess over things. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He will plant anguish in the minds of believers every chance he gets.

We fail to realize how atrocious worry is to God. It has no benefits. Our stressful thought patterns change nothing, and usually, we muse about the “What if’s”.

How do we stop our anxious thoughts? We repent, like we do with all sin. We pray for God to keep us from the temptation to despair. We trust God with every aspect of life, and that is a choice we must be intentional about.

Friend, we need to take worry and lay it at the foot of the cross. Spend time in the Bible. Memorize some of God’s promises. Speak them over your life. Yes, we do believe, and we have no reason to be troubled.

Precious Father, forgive us for our lack of trust when we worry. Wipe apprehension out of our lives. Help us trust You completely, knowing that You only want what is good for us. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 6:25-34.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What causes you to worry? As you read your Bible, search for verses that bring you peace and memorize them. The next time you begin to worry, recall these verses and pray. Here are a few good ones: Ps. 9:10, Ps. 18:2, Ps. 18:30, Ps. 37:5, Ps. 56:3-4, Prov. 3:5, John 14:27, Rom. 8:28, 2 Cor. 12:9, Phil. 4:13, Phil. 4:19, 2 Tim. 1:7, Heb. 13:5.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.