I Know Your WIll
“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me to glory” (Ps. 73:24)
Have you ever wanted God's will for your life to be spelled right out in front of you. In our minds we can recall the vivid images of the Lord calling his prophets or those who served Him. It always seems so straight forward so easy to understand but here we find ourselves wondering so many times, Lord what will thou have me to do? Should I pursue that job or career path, what about the next big purchase or vacation? Dear believer have you never sat reading through the bible and seeing how God spoke to Abraham, Moses, Elijah, The prophets, Mary and Joseph, or the Apostle Paul and wonder why couldn’t it be more like that today? Do you struggle with finding the will of the Lord out for your life, stagnant not wanting to make the wrong move or decision? Do you ever feel in limbo trying to discover that voice, or verse, something to help you move forward?
The Psalmist in Psalm 73 was perhaps going through a very unique personal struggle but his struggles had led him to loose sight of how the Lord wanted to work and deal in his own life. He nearly stumbles and falls (v.2-3) in his own walk, disillusioned with the ungodly around him. If you make your way through Psalm 73 you will find that his confidence in the Lords guidance is restored as his eyes move upward and not outward and he boldly claims, “thou shalt guide me”.
This is oftentimes where we find ourselves, wanting, desiring, and hoping that this would true but what if it was never meant to be so complicated? What if the Lord has already spoken to us, very clearly, but we haven’t heard? Is it possible that we sometimes wrestle looking for the wrong answers when the right one’s are right before us? The Psalmists confidence in being guided by the Lord was not necessarily by looking for specific answers to specific questions but rather would be found by following the specific advice (counsel) already laid out to him through his word.
If you are struggling looking for specific answers in your life perhaps a quick change of perspective will help. Maybe as believers we should focus not on what type of employment to pursue but what type of employee we are called to be. We could apply this line of thought to every area of our lives because His word has already laid out these principles for us. In His word we have at our disposal the guidance / counsel / advice on how we should raise our families, spend our money, focus our time and energy, work under our employers and on and on. Just maybe, if we would spend more time consuming the wonderful counsel laid out for us in the word of God we wouldn’t struggle looking for specific answers.
Dear child of God I encourage you to pursue the wise counsel of God already given to you in his word. Let us be believers firmly grounded in the vast principles already laid out for us that affect every area of life and if this were to happen we could confidently proclaim “thou shalt guide me... with thy counsel”.
Kyle Wilson is commended with his wife to full time service in Nicaragua, from the assembly that meets in Carleton Gospel Hall, Vancouver. He is in fellowship in the assembly in El Valle, and has two young children.