Early on in my faith walk, it was modelled for me that it was good practice at the close of a year to take time away with the Lord to reflect on the lessons learned that year. And not only was this time to be about looking back at the lessons learned along the way, it was also a time to seek God for the things that He wanted me to be aware of as I entered a new year.
It was during this past Christmas season that God impressed this verse upon my heart:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will council you with my eye upon you. – Ps. 32:8 (NRSV)
As I have reflected on this verse and some of the “action” words contained within it, (yes, did a bit of Hebrew studying too!) I have found my trust growing in God and have felt a peace about the journey ahead. Here are some things I’ve been learning:
- I’m NEVER alone on the road (neither are you!), even if it sometimes feels that way – God’s there.
- To be instructed means to be given insight, God-given insight. Not only that, the word “instruct” in Hebrew carries with it this sense that God is going to give you success in understanding what it is you’re being taught – how fantastical is that?!
- God will teach us. He will accustom us to how we ought to think, act, and walk. In other words: He models for us the pathway and empowers us to live it.
- God will council us. Council carries with it the sense that He’s going to help us devise the plan. He’s going to help us decide the best possible path forward. I’m not suggesting that the path will be easy or without suffering, the emphasis lies in the fact that He is going to be there every step of the way.
- God’s got his eye on us. This could also be rendered as “taking care of you” or “watching for your safety.”
In this verse God is promising us divine help and guidance – let’s press into Him.