The Direction of His Presence

 

Order my steps in your word…

Steer me in the right direction.”

 

~ Ps. 119:133 (Paraphrase)

 

My prayer list right now is packed with the names of friends who desperately need God’s guidance and direction.  I am currently praying for the following serious prayer requests:

  • Seven people on my list need a job
  • Two friends need housing
  • Quite a few have severe Health issues
  • Others are dealing with aging parents
  • Marital and child custody issues
  • School related problems
  • And Guidance for Parenting Teenagers and Grown Children

If you’re in need of God’s guidance too, see below for three good pieces of advice…

1)    Don’t be afraid to ask for God’s guidance and direction.  James 5:1 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

2)   Then, as Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

3)   Read the devotional below from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers for what to do next…

“There is no thrill in walking; it is the test of all the stable qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest reach possible for strength. The word “walk” is used in the Bible to express the character “.  John looking on Jesus as He walked, said, Behold the Lamb of God!”  There is never anything abstract in the Bible, it is always vivid and real.  God does not say—Be spiritual, but—”Walk before Me.”

When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills.

  • In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to inordinate affection and the destruction of morality;
  • and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality.

The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us. Our problems come when we refuse to bank on the reality of His presence. The experience the Psalmist speaks of—”Therefore will we not fear, though…” will be ours when once we are based on Reality, not the consciousness of God’s presence but the reality of it—Why, He has been here all the time!

At critical moments it is necessary to ask guidance, but it ought to be unnecessary to be saying always—”O Lord, direct me here, and there.” Of course He will!  lf our common-sense decisions are not His order, He will press through them and check; then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence.

“They that wait upon the Lord… shall walk and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:31

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