The “Must” of Service
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. 8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. —Proverbs 3:5-8
There are three possible plannings for human life. We may be guided by our senses—“We like this or do not like that." We may be guided by our own will and choice. But, best of all, we may be guided, as our Lord was, by constant waiting for the indication of God’s purpose. That indication is like a deep-toned bell ringing in our heart-depths, but finally corroborated by circumstances and certainly vindicated by results.
One Sunday morning, I was sitting on the porch of Mr. Moody’s home, looking down at the Connecticut River. We were talking of the ways of God, and he recalled a sermon of Dr. Andrew Bonar on the words, repeated five times in Scripture, “See that thou make all things according to the pattern shown thee on the mount.” Dr. Bonar described the tabernacle pattern as woven out of sunbeams; and Moses walked with God from one part to another of the ethereal structure, learning the specific reason for each. When, for instance, they viewed the altar of sacrifice, God explained that in process of time Calvary would bear the weight of the dying Savior; and, as they looked on the laver, God would explain that the soul, redeemed by the blood of Christ, would always need cleansing. So also the significance of the altar of incense, the veil, the ark, the mercy-seat. When presently Moses returned to the people, he discovered that for everything that had been revealed in the vision there was exact and adequate provision in the gifts of the people.
This is a most helpful lesson. The first thing for any of us is not to run hither and thither, consulting people or soliciting their help, but to be perfectly assured that we are in the mind of the Lord and that He will supply all our need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
It must never be forgotten that none of those that live in God’s purposes need ever be ashamed. His delays are not denials. “[From of old,] men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, neither hath eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him” (Isaiah 64:4 KJV). —F. B. Meyer
· What guides my life? My likes and dislikes? My desires and will?
· How can I tell when I am being led by the Holy Spirit as Jesus was?
Prayer – Father, You sent Your Holy Spirit to guide me in all my ways, yet, I still go through life doing what pleases me. Please forgive me for not trusting in You with all my heart. I need Your strength and wisdom to acknowledge You in all my ways. Help me do that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.