Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "God Leads Us Along"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV 2011)
I like sharing videos with my grandson, Andrew. Each week, he learns some new words, or has started a new game, or wants to show Evelyn and me either a new book or a toy that he has been given. It's wonderful to experience the joy that he has in sharing these things with us. At this time, we can't be there with him in person, but watching him on our phones or seeing him on our laptops brings us a lot of joy. Looking at the world through his eyes is a beautiful experience, and knowing that his two great parents are constantly teaching him makes us very proud.
I wonder if God feels the same way when He watches us on earth. He is so willing to teach us everything that we need to know, and yet, we sometimes reject His wisdom by trying to replace it with our own understanding. If we are willing to listen to its message, today's highlighted verse tells us how lovingly God wants to instruct and direct our lives. He doesn't want to control us or manipulate us, but He desires to show us a better way, a more hopeful path, and a reliable road. In the midst of this frightening pandemic, God still wants to counsel us and, at the same time, keep a loving eye on each of us. I don't know about you, but that offer of divine help seems perfect to me. I may not fully understand what we're going through or where all of this is headed, but I can decide to trust in God and seek His way.
Perhaps, you're weary about what's happening, or you've lost your sense of purpose and direction. Maybe you're looking for something meaningful and searching for something hopeful. The good news is that God tells us where to look for these things: we are to look to Him, because God is willing to counsel each of us in a loving and trustworthy way.
Questions for reflection: What do I really need to know from God right now? Am I ready to listen?
Prayer: Lord God, there are some days when we get weary with our worries and burdened by our troubles. Remind us to ask for Your guidance, and grant us the blessing of Your gracious love. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.