To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Psalm 32:1-11 (NIVUK): “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding-place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!”
I liked the text for today’s reading, the main verse for today is great (especially the words – ‘with my loving eye on you’) but I also liked the first verse.
Selwyn continues to discuss the thought that we can order our day on the basis of a divine partnership. I thought that the quote from E. Stanley Jones provided us with an excellent overview: “God comes close to His children in a way that leaves them free to think an act, yet in a way that awakens the personality to aliveness and alertness of mind and spirit. His guidance is always sufficiently obvious to be found, but not so obvious that it does away with the necessity of thought and discriminating insight.”
As Selwyn, goes on to say: “God’s secrets are always open secrets – open, yet sufficiently secret to make us think. This kind of partnership, which result in us being guided (with a loving eye) but not overridden, is something that divine wisdom accomplishes.”
After reading today’s study, I was thinking about the number of people who enjoy this type of partnership with God because if we bring Jesus into everything that we do during our day and we know and trust that He is watching us with a loving eye then this habit should bring us into an even closer relationship.
Perhaps, we are too involved with what we do, what we think and what we want that to bring another viewpoint into our spiritual life may appear to be risky for the average person. The question may pop into our mind: “What if God wants to guide me down a path I have not chosen?” It’s really a question about our dependence on God – either we are 100% committed to doing God’s will – or we are not!
What do you think?