Thursday, February 21, 2008

God's leading of us

I am thinking of an old hymn, He Leadeth Me. God is so good in the leading of us, his children. We see this theme in Scripture, throughout.

We need to be still, seeking to be so before the Lord. We need to listen to his voice in our reading of Scripture, and try to discern what he may be saying to us as we prayerfully endeavor to hear his voice in our lives. This takes patience in faith- through grace, a persistence that won't quit until the clear, calming peace of God helps us rest assured in his way, and that we are on the right paths for his name's sake.

I must say for myself however, that if I wait on a feeling than I'd seldom move. I have to in faith press on in spite of my fears quite often, to find that perfect love that casts out fear.

God's love for us is so deep and so infinite. Why we can't trust him to lead us is a deficiency in us. We need to be those sheep that can come to have a growing and deeper trust in the goodness of our Good Shepherd. Knowing he is present for each and every one of us.

What thoughts would you like to add to this?

7 comments:

preacherman said...

Ted,
I am so glad that God leads my life through good and bad. I don't know what my life would be like without Him.
Great post.
Keep up the great blogging.

NaNcY said...

your post gave me a lot to think about. the song, a wonderful story of the writing of the song. our need to surrender our continual desire to control and our fears and worries to God. to have faith in knowing that God is enough and all that we need. to go beyond our understanding. and more...lots to think on.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Ted:

In the past year, being led by God has become a difficult concept for me, not beacuse God has a problem, but because I have the issue.

All my life, God has seemed to lead where I also want to to go, but now God has led me to a place I am not sure I want to be.

May God continue to lead me in his way, no matter whether it is what I want or not.

Allan R. Bevere said...

Ted:

In the past year, being led by God has become a difficult concept for me, not beacuse God has a problem, but because I have the issue.

All my life, God has seemed to lead where I also want to to go, but now God has led me to a place I am not sure I want to be.

May God continue to lead me in his way, no matter whether it is what I want or not.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Preacherman,
Thanks for your continual encouragement.

Yes, you're so right. I can vouch for the same in my life, of course with my different set of circumstances- true of us all.

I know you've been going through a special set of circumstances, and our prayers follow you, brother.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Thanks. I really like that hymn. Sompe people may think it's too individualistic, but one could say that about Psalm 23 and other passages as well. I think it does bring up some marvellous truth from God's word for us. Glad you were stirred by it.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Allan,
Good and excellent point. We may not always be led where we want to go, like Peter in John 21:18-19.

Thanks, and will be in prayer for you in this, as I remember.