A Trustworthy Guide

May 21, 2020
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Psalm 32:8 – The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." (NLT)

Though I had never seen this person before, I trusted him to guide me for the next hour.

My wife and I were on vacation in the mountains of Tennessee, USA, and we wanted to visit somewhere that we hadn't gone before. Forbidden Caverns popped up as near our location and on the way home. I had visited caverns as a child, but many years had passed since I had walked beneath the earth's surface.

We waited in the lobby for our guide to appear. After he did, he led us down a hallway and stopped us at the end of the ramp. He told us who he was and explained what we would be doing. As we toured our designated pathways, I noticed many more walkways going off in various directions. Knowing how dark it would be should the electricity fail, I was glad that we had a guide who knew the layout, had the means to contact help, and who could give us accurate information about the cave's history and about the present forms of life that lived there.

In today's verse, God told David that He would guide him along life's pathway, advising him along the way, and David trusted Him to do so. After all, He had guided him while he was a shepherd boy, and He did the same when he became king of Israel.

God is my trustworthy guide because He's competent. My cave guide didn't make the cave, but he knew it intimately. He had been trained and could now lead others. God is sovereign. He made the earth, currently guides all the affairs on earth, and will culminate the end by making a new heaven and a new earth. He is all-wise and all-powerful. He dwells in the future that I've not yet experienced. He knows my future, has good plans for my future, and will guide me into it if I'll let Him. He is also able to provide the help that I need along life's journey. When trials, tribulations, and confusing times affront me, He's available to give me power to overcome and wisdom to make the right decisions.

All of these reasons make God a trustworthy guide. I've used maps, other people, GPSs, and phone apps to guide me, but they have all failed me at some point. God never will.

Let's choose God as our trustworthy guide to manoeuvre us through the oft-confusing thing called "life".

Prayer: Father, we trust You to guide us through the dangerous and confusing obstacles along life's journey. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    God is our guide in these crazy times! Thank you for the reminder.


    Amen Martin!
    Have a good one.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Martin, for sharing this devotional with us. Indeed, God’s Word is an amazing guide! Blessings.


    Thanks, Martin. This is a good comparison between the imperfect earthly guides we trust and our perfect God.


    Good morning!
    Thank you very much for your most timely message, Martin.
    I call on our Lord so often.
    God bless you.


    Many years ago, my classmate and good friend gave me this subscription. He knew I am and remain a Catholic, but it is a great inspiration. I regret to inform you that my friend has gone to a better place; please say a prayer for him. Thank you.


    Greetings Martin,
    Thanks for this devotional as a great reminder of who to trust. Faithfully trusting our Lord’s guidance each and every day of our lives is truly the best route to go. He never fails us, as His plans for us are the best.
    Blessings upon you always.
    (B.C.)


    Even when we go down a dark path and lose our way, he is there to set us on the right path.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Great example, Martin. I could never even bring myself to go into such a cavern after being unwillingly dragged so often into closed down mines as a kid. I applaud your courage as well as your faith.

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