Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – If we turn the right way, the voice affirms us – “yes, you’re going the right way.” If we turn the wrong way, the voice corrects us – “turn around, you’re going the wrong way.” We need to pay attention.
My Advice – You will face many decisions in your life. For many, it will not be readily apparent to you which way to choose. You may get advice from many different sources. Make sure that you listen carefully for God’s “voice.” It may not be the loudest one. The devil will do all he can to distract and drown out. But you have spiritual ears that can hear through anything Satan throws at you.
Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – They will succeed because anything we are willing to commit to God is likely to inspired by pure, honest and noble motives.
My Advice – Anything that is worthy of your time and attention is too important not to commit to God. Make sure everything important thing you do starts with this step.
John 10:3-4 – He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – I don’t know if you can identify with this Sunday’s comic strip, but I sure can. For goodness sake, don’t make her say your last name! But how does this relate to the above verse? As children of God we should know His “voice.” That pricking of our conscience that tells we better do this or better not do that. Sometimes it comes as a gentle “whisper.”
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV 1984)
That should be enough for us to “follow Him.” Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Like sheep we have a tendency now and then to wander and go astray. On such occasions, that gentle whisper becomes firmer, until we respond. For goodness sake, don’t make Him say your last name!
My Advice – My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. (Proverbs 3:11-12, NIV 1984) We should be very concerned if we do not hear His voice of rebuke. Because if we are His “sheep” we will hear His voice and (eventually) follow Him. If we don’t hear HIs voice…
Proverbs 1:2-5 – For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This (Proverbs) book has valuable information for both the simple and wise. You are never too simple to learn these lessons and never too wise that you do not need them.
My Advice – You would do well to make this a book in your Bible with pages that are unusually worn. The advice is timeless, practical and true. Consult it often. No matter how wise you think you’ve become, always be willing to listen.
Psalms 103:2-5 – Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives…heals…redeems…crowns…satisfies…renews…. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – But we do forget. In the midst of pain or sorrow or stress or misfortune, we lose focus of the benefits and refocus on the problem. We forget how many times in the past He has delivered us. If we remembered it would be so much easier for us to endure.
My Advice – Recall to mind, on a regular basis, how much God has done for you. Be specific. This will make it so much easier to recall them when you go through similar difficulties. Then it be less likely that you will say “how am I going to get through this” and more likely to say “I remember when God helped me through something just like this.”
Psalms 81:11-14 – “But My people would not listen to Me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If My people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow My ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sometimes we can be so stubborn, that the only way for God to get our attention is to let us have our way and reap the consequences. But even then, He is close at hand, ready to deliver us when we call out to Him.
My Advice – Do not be so stubborn that God has to let you have your way. Better to be submissive to Him at the outset. The end result is the same, He ultimately will deliver you, but the path is much shorter and less bumpy when you go His way. You gain nothing by being stubborn, but you gain everything by being submissive.
Job 42:3 – “You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This is the way it is with man. We speak when we do not understand or know when we should be quiet and listen for God to instruct us.
My Advice – Be sure to acknowledge God when He shows you the way. For you will certainly find that His ways are best. Better by far than our ways. Be thankful He did not do it your way.