Loving Guidance

‘I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth’ (Genesis 9:13 KJV)

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In the Bible we read of Noah, who sought God’s acceptance.  On the other hand, sadly there are times when a person’s desire for acceptance can replace their desire to do the right thing.  When a child does wrong, a parent must decide how to address the child’s wrong doing.

 If the parent leaves a child, the child may be happy for a while, but that same child could become bitter when they grow up and realize that they have cultivated unchecked bad habits.

If the parent has learnt to correct in love, the child grows understanding the rightful blend of love and justice. But unfortunately, sometimes even with the most balanced parental approach a child may still seek to go his or her own way.

Thankfully God in His love shows us His way and in that process, He also reveals to us the things in us that need to change.

After the flood when Noah left the ark, God sent the rainbow as a reminder of God’s providence. Though we see the effects of sin in nature, we can look up and be reassured that God has not left us.  Like Noah, let us be determined to listen to God’s instructions, seek God’s acceptance and obey His commands.

 

The Way Forward

‘And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God’ (Romans 12:2 KJV).

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As the end of time approaches, God’s people will need God’s assurance, strength and protection to make it through.  In John 17, we read that Jesus prayed to the Father for all persons in the world who would believe in Him – this is so wonderful to know.
In Romans 12:2, we are advised not to be conformed to this world.  In its present state, the world is in turmoil, and we will only be able to make it through by submitting to the Holy Spirit, and letting Him continue His work in us.
The right mental focus is very important to successfully deal with the situations that we would face each day.  Today and every day, choose to let the Holy Spirit be your guide as you wait for Jesus to return.

Seeking God’s Way

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10)
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts (Psalm 139:23 KJV)
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When Samuel was looking for a king, God advised Samuel not to look on the physical appearance of the individuals (1 Samuel 16:7); so Samuel depended on God to reveal His choice, and God chose David.  Later, David humbly asked God to reveal any issues in his character and to remove these defects.
Thankfully as we come to God with an attitude of submission and dependence, He also will help us to overcome our weaknesses.  Like Samuel, let us depend on God so that we can make good decisions.