God’s Love, God’s Guidance
Today I want to take a quick look at God’s love and guidance. It is so easy in my hectic world to forget basic traits of the God I serve. I am guilty of not taking the time to remind me just how much God loves me and how he guides me.
Let’s start with a story:
Last night on the way home I stopped at a Mexican restaurant to pick up our supper. I had called ahead to have the food ready when I got there, but they were pretty busy and I had about a 15 minute wait. Bummer!
I sat down at a table by the door to wait for my food and decided to mess around on my phone. As I was playing a game on my phone, I began overhearing a conversation with a mother and her son. I heard loud crying, but it sounded like a fake crying we have all heard little kids do when they are trying to get their way about something. For some reason, I felt prompted to listen closer.
The young man looked to be around 18 years old, but when I listened to him speak and the way his mother talked to him, it became obvious he was “slow”, I would guess he had the mentality of about 10 years old.
It was apparent the mom had just set up a job interview for her son. She was attempting to teach him about the necessity of having a job and making money. He was reacting to her in a loud and belligerent way, he was saying things like “Fine Mom, you win, I’m a responsible adult now!” She responded and asked him, “What would you do if mommy got into a car wreck and died tomorrow? You have to know how to work and take care of yourself, I won’t always be here.” His response: Loud wailing.
I heard her mention several times how responsible adults don’t lay around on the couch all day playing video games. AMEN!
The conversation continued on and on like this. Honestly, I would normally respond to a situation like this by laughing, or maybe irritation at having to listen to it. “Come on, can’t you have this conversation in your car or at your house, somewhere I don’t have to hear it? Don’t you know I’m tired of listening to everyone’s problems today?” For those of you that don’t know, I’m an ER nurse and I listen to problems ALL, DAY, LONG! However, contrary to my normal response, I was really moved by the conversation. This young man’s mother was so patient with him, she kept reframing the conversation with the sole purpose of teaching her son a valuable lesson about life. I could tell she was getting upset, but she did a GREAT job keeping things under control. I really do hope I run into her again so I can tell her what a great job she did.
I began to pray for them. I asked God to enter into their conversation, to help her reach him with this vital lesson, to help him to look past the horror of not getting to lay around on the couch playing video games and eating ice cream all day. I asked God to speak to their hearts.
God shows His love for me through Jesus.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God loves me and cares for me deeply.
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
God speaks about love in His word.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (see our bible study on God’s Commandments HERE)
Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Be thankful for the love God has shown.
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
God’s offer of guidance to me.
Psalm 25:4-5 Make me 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.
Psalm 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
John 10:3-4 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
The response of Jesus to God’s guidance.
Mark 14:35-36 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
The rest of last night’s story:
On the way home, I began to closely examine what just took place in overhearing the conversation with this mother and her son. My response to the situation was TOTALLY out of character for me. Trust me, it is not natural for me to pray for complete strangers. I asked God why this impacted me, “What just happened?”
God spoke: “Many times, when you respond to My guidance, you have the same attitude he did toward his mother.”
Pray with me:
Lord, I know too often I respond to you in a selfish way. Please grant me the grace of a deep, true repentance for this. I confess my belief that You completely love me and want to guide me. I know You only have what is best for me in mind. Help me receive Your guidance, with the same attitude Jesus had. He knew what He was facing, yet He trusted completely in You and Your plan. Increase my faith, increase my trust in You. Amen
Earnestly contending for the faith,