Isaiah 35:8 – ”And a highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called the Holy Way. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for the redeemed; the wayfaring men, yes the simple ones and fools, shall not err in it and lose their way.” Amplified
Through the years I have been asked many times about Divine guidance. Most of the questions came from hungry hearts wanting to know the will and plan of God for their lives. Some were looking for an easy formula they could apply and others were almost in despair tormented by fear of failing God. Divine guidance is real and God has made provisions for us to experience it. I find wonderful comfort in the words of our Lord in John 16:13-15 – “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” He promised the person of the Holy Spirit to walk with us, in us, through us and teach us so we could know.
Our lives have a distinct purpose(s) in God’s Eternal Plan and He does not desire it to be a ‘hit’ and ‘miss’ proposition. That leads to error and promotes selfishness and self-centeredness. Unfortunately we sometimes use words so familiar we lose sight of their true meaning. The term ‘saved’ is used to identify those who have accepted Christ and ‘sinners’ all the rest. That is true yet sometimes the oversimplification can open the door for error and that is unfortunate.
Please understand, I am in no way diminishing the essentialness of accepting Jesus as our personal savior but if we take the word sin and understand it as ‘missing the mark’ it opens a door of discovery. If we are saying that a person who has accepted Christ is ‘hitting the bull’s eye’ and ‘fulfilling God’s purpose’ then a brief reexamination of terminology might be in order.
Acceptance of Jesus as Redeemer is the basic requirement for all who desire to know God. I must ask, ‘Is it possible to be saved and still miss the mark as to God’s purposes and plan for our lives?’ I am not trying to start an argument only to open the door for thought. Let me give an illustration as to what I am talking about:
A father on the way home from work decides to take his little boy to the ice cream parlor for a treat. When he arrives home he finds the lad in the back yard playing in the mud. The father did not change his mind about the ice cream parlor; he brought the little boy inside, gave him a bath, put clean clothes on him and says, “Son we are going to the ice cream parlor for a treat.” The little boy being a good fundamentalist said, “But daddy I don’t want to go. I want to stay here by the bathtub and tell everyone how dirty I was and how good you’ve been to me.” The father says, “Son, you do not understand WHY I cleaned you up. I want you to go with me.”
Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:9 – “Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and plan…” Jesus found us in the mud, cleaned us and redeemed us so that we could live for and with Him. Tragically some thank God genuinely for their salvation, but continue to live in the same way following their own desires, ideas, guidance and initiative. God’s purpose is to save us from sin and unto His eternal purpose. I am reminded of the story of the little boy who fell out of bed and when his father came to check on him he asked what happened. The little boy said, “Well I guess I stayed to close to the edge where I got in.” Move away from the edge and press into God.
God bless you as you go through this day!