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Letting Faithful Lead

Lord, you are my secret hiding place,
    protecting me from these troubles,
    surrounding me with songs of gladness!
    Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough.
Pause in his presence
I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you,
    instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life.
    I will advise you along the way
    and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.
    So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn
    when I take you where you’ve not been before.
    Don’t make me tug you and pull you along.
    Just come with me!”  –Psalm 32:7-9 (the Passion Translation)

I read this last week and still find myself captivated by it. There are many vivid pictures here, but God saying, “I’ll ‘lead you forth with my eyes as your guide,’ ” is particularly stirring to me.

I have pondered and prayed over this and my conclusion is, I believe, profound if uncomplicated. His leading you with His eyes is your simply looking where He’s looking.

Sunday morning I awoke with a sense of God’s nearness and His (again) simple statement, “I AM dedicated to fulfilling My word.” As much as we feel the sting of delay or opposition, He is no less dedicated to doing what He set out to do.

Your God is faithful.

That may seem trite because it’s been spoken so many times, but allow God to give you a renewed revelation. He has never failed–either in the past or present and nor will He in the future. His name is even Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11).

He is dedicated to completing the promises He’s made, but this is where the leading of His eyes becomes absolute necessity. You need to be looking where Faithful and True is looking.

He isn’t looking at opposition and obstacles. He sees fulfillment.

He’s not looking at failures and struggles. He sees perfect freedom.

His eyes aren’t glued in dread to your lack of any kind. He sees absolute abundance.

As the verses above point out, He’s leading you to a place you’ve never been. Don’t fight and pull away–you have an opportunity to see what He sees. Look where He’s looking.

Once you see that He looks into your future and sees His own love and faithfulness, you’ll begin to see the others on which His eyes fall. The hurting. The oppressed. The abused. The broken.

And now, armed with insight of greatest faithfulness, you will not shrink into your own brokenness but offer living hope.

It’s time to hear His songs of deliverance, those “joyous shouts of rescue [that] release my breakthrough.” Then take the next step and follow His eyes. Wouldn’t that pretty much change our everyday into extraordinary?

What are your thoughts on this?

4 Comments

  1. Yes, Jason, it would definitely change the everyday into the extraordinary! May we look in the direction where God’s eyes are looking.
    Blessings!

    • Such a simple yet profound reality! Thank you, Martha. 🙂

  2. Powerful post, Jason.

    We fight what we can’t see with this flesh and yes, He’s never failed us. He’s always brought us through the valleys… and still we fight. This flesh is stubborn… and the mind lacks what wisdom we don’t take from our Father.
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    • How is it we seem to gain wisdom then lose it when the next situation arises? Like the disciples, Jesus kept having to tell them, “don’t you remember when I did that miracle? Why do you think this is any different?” (my own paraphrase). But every reminder leads us to that greater dependence on Him. Thanks so much, Floyd!

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