Way To Go

Saturday, June 6, 2020
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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.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, John.

    Thank you for the inspiring message!

    What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing it.

    Thanks, John, for these encouraging words.

    Thank you, John, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thanks John. We have lost the art of intentional listening in our busy culture today.
    Blessings for sharing your beautiful story.

    John, I am blessed to live in a household with two granddaughters and the sense of wonder as I view through their eyes is truly a God-given gift. “Except ye become as this child…”

    The image of your innocent little grandson and his delight in sharing what he is learning, works perfectly with the Psalm’s message and helps stick its truth in the mind. May you soon be reunited.

    Thank you for your devotional and mention of Psalm 32:8. As I read the Psalm, I had also marked verse 7 as a favorite of Corrie Ten Boom many years ago.
    How the Lord teaches and instructs us! Blessings.

    Glad you are keeping safe. I also am enjoying time “colouring” with my grandson. Because we live a long way apart, we are used to eating together and playing hide and seek. Nice to know God is with us always.
    Thanks for writing.

    Dear John,
    Thank you for your encouraging devotional and telling us about how you are still interacting with your grandson, Andrew, and being able to help him to grow and God is helping us to grow when we ask and then listen. Blessings.

    Your writing is excellent and always speaks to me.
    I am thankful for videos of my grandchildren too, we miss them so much, the physical loss of nearness to them has impacted me more than anything else. We are separated by the border between our countries, but we hope to see them before too long.

    Greetings John,
    Thank you for this devotional today. The words expressed in that verse from Psalms are words to really reflect on and appreciate the love and care our Lord is ever ready to give us.
    Blessings for your thoughtful and meaningful writings.

    Thank you for your devotion today.
    I was getting concerned when there were no devotions by you in such a long time. It is a very trying time but with God we will survive.
    I winter in Florida but in March I had to come back to Newfoundland as the boarder was closing between US and Canada and I came back to snow for the first time in many years.
    I pray that you and your family keep safe and self-distance when you are out. We are fortunate living on an Island we have been able to control the virus and have been virus free for about a month now so we will start opening us our stores on Monday. It’s been a long time in isolation and not seeing friends and family.

    I am asking for wisdom a lot these days and I get some surprising but relevant help!
    Much needed in this strange new world. As “he makes everything new”.

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