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.
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.