Friday, 13 June 2014

He Leads Me

“…He leads me beside the still waters…”  Psalm 23 NIV

I find that often I read a sentence or passage in Scripture without giving it a whole lot of thought, particularly if it is very familiar to me.  The twenty-third Psalm is rich with phrases that provide much comfort and encouragement and a good example of the familiar verses that I tend to gloss over.  I am reasonably good at explaining that which is to most, a blinding glimpse of the obvious, i.e. telling you that which someone with an IQ of 50 would understand.

Consider todays verse.  This tells me that God is not walking behind me, shoving me in the way I should go.  He is not walking along side of me, trying to keep pace with me.  He is walking in front of me, but He is not pulling me or tugging me, He is leading me.  I told you I could interpret the very simple.

These few words tell me a few other things.  He doesn’t run ahead of me although that would be incredibly easy for Him to do.  He is allowing me to dictate the pace at which we move forward, at least to some extent.  Because the waters are still I am assuming all is going rather well in most aspects of my life.  These are times when quite often I am not as vigilant in seeking Him out.  Sadly I am much more aware of His presence when the waters are not so still.

Then there is the real obvious.  The King of Kings, the Creator of the universe, the Great “I Am” is leading me.  He is taking a personal interest in me.  If I follow Him I know that I will go exactly where it is best for me to go.

Enough of the obvious, but it demonstrates that even small fragments of Scripture can have a powerful meaning.  When we read a verse such as Ephesians 5:33 “Husbands love your wife as much as you love yourself, and the wife must respect her husband” we have the comfort of knowing that He is there to lead us.

Frankly we are incapable of carrying out that command without the help of the Holy Spirit.  When as a couple we seek God’s direction for our lives, when we pray together, when we spend time with Him individually we have the assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us, and that He will lead us.

 

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