He will never leave you
nor forsake you
He will be your God
forever and ever.
He will lead you
and guard your back
He will lead you
until you die.
Will you let Him be your God?
Will you let Him be Your guide?
We all get a choice and this is one of the biggest ones we get.
Looking at Jesus we see that when He walked on the earth, He always knew the right thing to do because He only did what He saw His Father do. As our Lord, we can trust Him to lead us down the right path every day.
Psalm 48:14 says that God will be our guide even unto death! He will lead us through this life and into the next, from one destination in life to the next, from every situation on earth we live all the way to eternity in His presence.
Have you ever been or gone somewhere new? Have you ever tried to go it alone and find that you get lost? Have you ever done the tour guide way (I know sometimes the group tours can be restrictive) and realized how much they let you see in such a short period of time? The nice thing is that the tour guide model also provides you with insight into where you might want to go back and see more or spend more time after. The key is that without the tour guide there are times when we may either get worried or stressed about trying to find out how to get back and even wonder how did we get here or into this situation.
In life it is always easier to follow an experienced guide than to wander aimlessly on our own. In life we have the choice of going our own way or to do like Jesus and do what we see our Heavenly Father do and let Him guide us. God is committed to guiding us, so it is clearly important that we follow. We have the example Jesus provided and we also hear that when He ascended up to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father to intercede for you and me that He sent us the Holy Spirit – our counselor or advocate – our teacher and helper. He will guide us into all truth.
14 For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
Prayer Starter (from today’s devotional)
God, I don’t want to live life like a tourist without a guide, aimlessly going my own way. Only You can show me what to do and how to live, so I choose to follow Your guidance every day.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You today for this is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord You see the day before me, You know the beginning and the end, You go before me and You are my rear guard watching my back. Help me today with all the decisions I will need to make, with all the conversations I am going to have, and all the work that will need to be done so that I may glorify You and follow after You in all that I say and do. Lord, give me the wisdom to speak the right words in the right way to be able to communicate Your points in every situation. Help me Lord as my guide and counselor, as my teacher and helper to walk into the light of the path You have for me today. Lord, I hold onto You and my faith in You today to give me the boldness and courage to step in and accomplish Your will. As I step out, I know I don’t alone, for You will never leave me nor forsake me, You will stick closer than a brother. So I hold onto You and step out today in faith trusting in You. Lord, help me to have direction in all that I do. Help me Lord to avoid wandering but walk with purpose and direction today. Let everything I put my hand to be of You and produce great fruit as I till, I plant, and I water. Lord, there is nobody like You. My hope and trust are in You. Your Word provides light into Your plan and a love letter of how much you care for me. Thank You for this new day my Lord. Remove any obstacles that I face in faith, with courage and boldness. That today Lord in all I say and do and think, You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.
Psalm 112:1 (NKJV)
Blessed are those that worship the Lord, who are content to be under God’s direction and are most comfortable when serving Him. Blessed are they who stand in awe of His majesty and make His will, theirs.
Today – Day 246
- Ezekiel 23
- If you read: “You brought all this on yourself by prostituting yourself to other nations, defiling yourself with all their idols.” what comes to mind? Are there countries that come to mind that they could be talking about today?
- Without the saving grace of God through Jesus we would end up being stuck in our lives of adultery and murder.
- Jesus said in Matthew 5:
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. 25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.
27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
- Make sure you take time with God and take time for rest (Sabbath)
- Ezekiel 24
- January 15 is a day to be remembered and reflected upon.
- No one is better than another
- He wants to get rid of the filth and corruption
- He wants to cleanse us
- But who will allow it, who will turn from their own ways and follow after the Lord.
- Don’t be filled with pride or security because of places or stuff. You need to have and put all your hope and trust in God alone. Don’t worship idols.
- There is but one God, one LORD.