KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 23:2 KJV He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
We continue with our study from Psalm 23, in considering the six facts for establishment in life. We now look at the second fact. That is SUBMIT TO DIVINE GUIDANCE.
Guidance is like walking in the light, you don’t stumble. Jesus said the following in John 11 :9 ‘Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” The sun remains a guide in the day time. In the abundance of the sun’ s light anyone who decides to shut his eyes would walk in darkness. The psalmist used the phrase, “He maketh me to lie downstairs means he allows himself to be controlled. In proverbs 4:20, the scriptures said, attend to my words, incline thine ear unto my sayings. It means submit your will to my instructions. That is the only means for one to be guided in this world of sin and evil.
When a man follows his own path, he would end in shame and failure. Prov 14: 12 reads ” There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. Man’s thought potentially disagrees with God’s thoughts and ways Isaiah, 55:7, but God’s ways are always the best. Submit to his way. Prov 3:6-7 admonishes us to “trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him. And He shall direct your path.” You cannot fail following diligently after Him. The writer of our daily bread once wrote that Hod would lead you sound, but He would lead you aright.
Your power to overcome the enemy is to submit to God’s counsel. James 4:7 says, ” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Satan is extremely helpless before the man who has submitted to God. Remember the Centurion in Matt 8:7 -10, who said I am a man under authority, and I say to my servant go and he goes. Why does he have authority to command a servant? Because he has submitted to the authority of the emperor who is in Rome. Submit to God’s authority, and Satan can’t touch you. Satan would be at our command. The problems in life, although are human causes, mostly are initiated by devils. You can cast these devils out if you would listen to what God is saying and do it. Never be stubborn towards the voice of God. You would be breaking the second fact, that leads to an established life. Take this last scripture Prov. 29:1 NET “The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I follow after Him. My own ways are death and destruction. I listen attentively to His instruction, and do as He say. He leads me rightly everything. Thank you Jesus.
THOUGHT: FOLLOWING GOD IS OBEYING GOD.
Psalms 119:130 NET” Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. They give insight to the untrained.”
John 1:4 NET” In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.”