The Guidance Of God

THE GUIDANCE OF GOD
Isaiah 42:16
 
 
INTRO: Long ago Jeremiah said that it was not within man to direct his steps (10:23). The ways of man ultimately lead to disaster (Pro. 14:12). Most men in their arrogance cast aside the only sure guide that will take them where they ought to go. Instead, they need the humility of the Psalmist (27:11), trusting in a guide that “leadest Joseph like a flock” (Psa. 80:1). Note the great assurance of God (Isa. 40:10-11; 42:16). And still men stumble blindly through life, winding up in an end that will cost them their souls. The guidance of God is a great Bible theme. Let us note some things about it.

I. GOD’S PROMISES
    A. Goes to the beginning of his people.
        1. To Abraham – to a “land that I will show thee
            (Gen. 12:1).
        2. The great patriarch was not left to his own navigation
            system!
    B. That promise remained with them.
        1. Note God’s promise to a forgiven man (Psa. 32:8).
        2. God's personaified wisdom makes a great promise
            (Pro. 8:20-21).
     C. Note again what God promised.
        1. To those under Christ (Isa. 42:16).
        2. He knows the way we should go (Isa. 48:17).
            i. His promises are true based on his
                total omniscience (Isa. 48:3-5).

II. HOW GOD WILL LEAD
    
A. On the first great journey his people took.
        1. A visible presence (Exo. 13:20-23).
        2. There was no darkness in such a leading
            (2 Sam. 22:29).
    B. He led his people in his mercy.
        1. To his "holy habitation;" i.e. Jerusalem (Exo. 15:13).
       C. God has his eye upon his people’s journey.
        1. See Psa. 32:8.
    D. He will guide by his word.
        1. Here was a “lamp unto my feet” (Psa. 119:105;
            cf. 119:130).
            i. “Because the way was steep and long
                and through a strange and lonely land;
                God placed upon my lips a song,
                and put a lantern in my hand.” 
                    - Joyce Kilmer
       
2. Here is an ever abiding word (1 Pet. 1:23).

III. HOW LONG HE WILL LEAD
    A. Men will forsake; they will “let us down.”
        1. But God’s guidance is perpetual; “unto ” (Psa. 48:14).
        2. Will lead us “unto glory” (Psa. 73:24).
    B. Note the plea of the Psalmist; knew he needed guidance
        for life.
        1. “Lead me in the way everlasting” (139:24).
        2. He will lead “continually” (Isa. 58:11).
        3. No matter how long the Christian lives, God will be
            there guiding him!

IV. HOW SURE THIS GUIDANCE IS
    A. See how the Psalmist viewed God.
        1. “My rock and my fortress” (31:3).
        2. Then – connected with that: “Therefore for thy name’s
            sake lead me, and guide me.”
    B. Note how specific God is about his guidance.
        1. Nothing is left to chance (Isa. 42:16).
        2. God "forsook them not in the wilderness"
            (Neh. 9:19). 
          3. God’s “global positioning satellite” never
            malfunctions!

V. WHERE GOD WILL GUIDE HIS PEOPLE TO
    A. Again, note Exodus 15:13.
        1. To his “holy habitation.”
        2. To restful green pastures; the calm still waters
            (Psa. 23:2).
    B. In times of trouble, look to God for guidance.
        1. He will lead “to the rock that is higher than I”
            (Psa. 61:2).
        2. Be led by God’s counsel and arrive home in glory
            (Psa. 73:22)!
        3. God will lead “to a city of habitation.”
            i. Song: "I Am Going To A City."

CONCLUSION: The mazes of this life are myriad. When we try to order our ways without God, we will always end up in the spiritual blind alleys wherein is no hope. Why not put our trust and faith in God as a safe guide?