Assurance for the Journey

Someone may have made this point already, but my husband says that each day is a lifetime.  We wake up/are born, we move through the day/live, and go to sleep at night (sometimes)/a mini-death.  So resolutions shouldn’t be limited to New Years, birthdays, anniversaries, etc;  everyday we should resolve to surrender to the Lord, and trust His guidance… moment by moment.  God’s promises are for each day (give us this day..), so too, should be our reliance and trust.

Spurgeon offers this assurance for today’s Journey, and every Today:

And the LORD shall guide thee continually. ~ Isaiah 58:11

“The Lord shall guide thee.” Not an angel, but JEHOVAH shall guide  thee. He said He would not go through the wilderness before His people, an angel  should go before them to lead them in the way; but Moses said, “If Thy  presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Christian, God has not left you  in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel’s guidance: He Himself leads the van. [yes, he said ‘van’ :-)]

 You  may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you. Notice  the word shall–“The Lord shall guide thee.” How certain this makes it!  How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious “shalls” and “wills”  are better than men’s oaths. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Then  observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes,  but we are to have a perpetual monitor; not occasionally to be left to our own  understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding  voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at His heels, we shall not  err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in.

If you have to change your  position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if it should happen  that you are cast into poverty, or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy; if you are thrown among strangers, or cast  among foes, yet tremble not, for “the Lord shall guide thee continually.”

There  are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God,  and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the  company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road. You  have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal  power to defend you. “Jehovah”–mark the word–“Jehovah shall guide thee  continually.

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Dear Father and loving Guide, Thank you for the assurance of your Presence and the promises you give.   Help me to trust you more.  “Trust in the Lord with all you heart, lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”  I’m so blessed to be your child, and I trust you as my loving Father.  In your son’s precious name, Jesus, Amen. 

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3 thoughts on “Assurance for the Journey

  1. timely.. yes, every day we MUST resolve to give our worries to Jesus, and to have Faith that he is with us on the journey, not just watching from Heaven..He guides, gives wisdom, sees around the corner, and can supply our every need ( before its even on our radar) love you and Dad

  2. Wow – this is right on….. I like the idea of each day being a mini-life, and the fact that we need to commit to surrendering to the Lord on a daily basis. (For some reason, that reminds me of the quote from Anne of Green Gables: “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it…. well, with no mistakes in it yet.” :o)) What a great reminder as we begin a new year. Thanks for sharing…

  3. What a beautiful post, dear Linda. I never thought of looking at each day that way, a life… being born each morning, and a kind of dying as we lie down to sleep. That is powerful, and when taken to heart, can spell the difference between living with a purpose, and wasting the precious moments of each day.

    Linda, I couldn’t let this year end without me dropping by here to purposely tell you how thankful I am for the gift of your friendship. Surely 2012 will usher in for both you and me and our families blessings of joy, peace, hope, assurance, and provision.

    Much love
    Lidia

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