Promise Four: He Will Lead You

As young people we need a lot of leading.

We’ve got to figure out what we’re going to study, what we’re going to do to make a living, what church we’re going to go to, who we’re going to marry, where we will live and so many more decisions.

While we get wisdom and counsel to help us make the decisions, I’d be scared silly if that’s all I got before I had to make my mind up.

See I’ve been known to make the occasional very dumb decision. And in between the really dumb decisions I make plenty that aren’t exactly dazzling. I just don’t want the whole course of my life being determined by thought sequences that happen inside my head.

Fortunately it doesn’t have to be. The Good Shepherd has promised to lead me.

“He leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)

That is such a comforting thought. It may not always seem like the path God chooses is the best one, but any time I reflect back I know God’s leading is best. How much better to be lead by God than by my own silly, sinful self! Even as I write this I’m convicted to lean more on God and less on my own grand plans.

Still Waters

Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)

There is a battle out there. There is much toil in the fallen world. However, Jesus promises to give you the rest you need. Submit to His leading and you’ll have the loveliest Master anyone can have.

And the promises for the future just keep getting better…

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelations 7:17)

4 thoughts on “Promise Four: He Will Lead You”

  1. Excellent Luke! This is one of the most hope-giving promises of the Bible. Although both are necessary, our ultimate and foundational hope is in God’s leading us, rather than in our following Him. If it were the other way around, I would be filled with despair instead hope. As it is, I have hope even when my ‘following’ seems to leave very little room for it… 🙂 Praise God!

    I like what one preacher said about this idea of reconcilling Christian striving/work/duty/fighting with rest/joy/peace/easy yoke, etc (my paraphrase from memory):
    The Christian battle is not a battle to ‘do’ anything, but a battle to make ourselves STOP fighting and to rest in God. We can never ‘achieve’ anything, only God truly achieves things. All we can do as weak vessels, is align our souls with Him in rest, or against Him in unbelief. Our battle is to keep our souls aligned rightly – with all our sin and unbelief and weakness and imperfect understanding – especially when suffering and temptation comes. Allowing ourselves to rest in God, lets the mighty works of God flow willingly and joyously – and easily – from our lives.

    I like that. I cuts at the heart of pride and magnifies the power and grace and wisdom of God. And it applies so much to what you’re talking about Luke. We can’t get ourselves anywhere. All we can do is align ourselves with or against God’s purposes in our lives. God will fill us with power to get up from our mat and walk in the way He wants. And he will lead us by still waters – even in the midst of what the world sees as suffering. These things are impossible in our strength, so we need to rest in Him.

    The trouble is… my sinful flesh gets in the way and makes it a battle! GRRRR….

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