From Pastor’s Desk: 7-26-15
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. – Acts 18:9-11 (NIV)
We often are afraid of what people would think of us if we were bold witnesses for Christ, but this loses sight of a heavenly reality—God is already doing things at our office, our family and our neighborhood. Our job is to discover what God has already put into place. How will you find out what God is doing? By not being afraid, speaking up, and knowing that God is able to take care of you. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
Once we have received direction via whatever means God chooses to send it, we can rest in assurance that everything will be okay even if we should have to go through some adverse circumstances and/or situations. When He has given direction, and it is clear to us that it is from Him, know that the responsibility (with us doing our part) is His to bring it to pass. He will not direct us where His grace cannot keep us.
The concept of a guide is that the guide knows the area, and walks with you, directing (by leading) in the safest and straightest way to get to where He is guiding you. Guiding being his expertise, he is able to skirt, or avoid, any passage or area where harm might befall you.
With no one to guide us, we might be prone to worry about the way before us. If it is a way that we have chosen for ourselves, and with it being uncharted, we have cause to worry. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). But there is a Way that leads to abundant life, even to life everlasting. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” (John 14:6).
Whatever road you travel, whatever direction He bids you go, He’s already been there, indeed, is already there, guiding you in a way that He knows well.