Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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How Can I, Except Some Man Should Guide Me?
Recently while traveling with our family, we were driving through unfamiliar territory and trying to locate a destination in a certain town. Before we got real close, we had stopped to ask directions. The sales clerk was very friendly and helpful and assured us without a shadow of doubt that the place we were looking for was very easy to find. "Just follow the signs, it's well marked," she said.
But alas, when we got closer, there were very few signs, and the one sign we did see was confusing and unclear because of road construction. Evidently most of the signs had been moved or removed temporarily, so we lost our way and had much difficulty in arriving at our destination. And I had to think how much life is like that at times, unexpected curves or disruptions that can change a clear way into a confusing one!
As I pondered on this situation later, I realized that as total strangers, it would have been a real advantage to have a guide to point us in the right direction in this unfamiliar place. And then it blessed my heart as I realized all the guides the Lord has provided for us to help us find our way spiritually throughout this earthly life.
We have the blessing of One who has walked this way before. (See Hebrews 4:15, 16) Jesus endured the severest trials, temptations, and struggles that life could ever send a person, and He came through victoriously. He is no stranger to this territory. He knows our needs and is always only a prayer breath away. And then we have the Lord's promise that after He ascended to heaven, He will send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come" (John 16:13).
And, of course, God's Word is full of teachings and directives to help us find our way.
But another very rich blessing true Christians have is fellow believers. And I realized again how vital it is to have fellow brethren, ministers, and teachers who sometimes give us guidance and assistance to find our way.
We should pay special attention to the young in the faith. They need extra help at times. We should not simply tell them, "it's easy, just follow the signs, may the Lord bless you and you'll find the way" and then this is all our duty. It usually takes more than that to nurture and direct a soul to a spiritually stable Christian life.
In Acts 8:31 Philip sets an example for us as he expounded the Word to the soul who cried ". . . how can I [understand] except some man should guide me?"
How thankful I am for the faithful ones who took the time and patience to give me guidance and direction when I needed it. And even for those of us who would think we are now mature, a faithful brotherhood is one of God's rich blessings He has provided for our safety and guidance. Let us follow and give heed to the guides God has given us. We are foolish to navigate all alone.
- Darrell Martin,