With Your Counsel

What does it mean to depend on God?

For those who say that they do not depend on Him, what is it that they are doing instead?

If we make our own decisions without consulting Him, are we depending on Him?

If we try to handle the tasks of the day–and, ultimately, the tasks of our life–on our own strength, are we depending on Him?

To go our own way–our own direction–without His guidance and permission, is to choose disappointment and adversity.

It may not seem to be the path that we are on at first, but in the end, we will find that our independence has been our undoing.

God is well aware of our need for dependence on Him.

He welcomes us to come before Him in prayer on any matter.

He offers forgiveness and guidance to every seeking heart.

Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand.

With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

—Psalm 73:23-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And Teach Me

 

 

 

Many people are concerned about the education of their children.

They want them to go to the best schools.

They want them to have good teachers who are knowledgeable, as well as kind and understanding.

They want a solid curriculum with adequate preparation for living in society and attaining a productive career.

As children get a bit older, some of them begin to feel this way about their own education.

Applying themselves to their studies, they look toward the future and the positive outcomes a good education will avail.

Who wouldn’t want this?

In Psalm 25:4-5, the writer prays:

Make me to know Your ways, O Lord;
teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
for You I wait all the day long.

How important is it to us to know the ways of the Lord?

How important is it to us to have the Lord teach us His paths?

How important is it to have the Lord lead us in His truth?

Do we long to have this spiritual “education” from the Lord for ourselves and our children?

In light of eternity, it will not matter what college we have graduated from.

Our vocational skills here on earth will not be of great significance when we die.

Our relationship with God and our salvation through Jesus, His Son, will be the most important thing then.

Shouldn’t it be the most important thing now?

 

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