“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
We are all familiar with these well-known Bible passages, the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer. These are words that speak to us of comfort. These are words that remind us that God is with us to help us through the difficulties of life.
While we can take comfort in knowing that God is with us there are so many times in life when we have our doubts and our fears. We may begin to wonder if we are alone in our troubles.
The prophet Isaiah speaks about the assurance of God. What do we experience in life? What hope do we have? Whose voice will we hear?
Life has its share of ups and downs. There will be those times of goodness and happiness, but with them are also times of trouble. Isaiah claims that God gives us the bread of adversity and the water of affliction. But before we blame God for our troubles, let us look at this expression in the light that God simply provides life and existence, and troubles are just the unavoidable part of all we experience.
In spite of the challenges we may experience we need to remember that God is with us. If we will follow the leading of the Spirit, if we will be wise, if we will walk in step with the Lord then we can be assured that as we go through life we will have the voice of God showing us the way to go. God can be with us if we allow it, if we invite the Lord to be our guide. He will tell us about the way in which we should walk.
How do we know about the way? We must listen to the teachers. Our teachers are Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father.
If we can focus our faith journey on doing the will of God and sharing the love of God, we can follow the leading of God. If we listen to the voice of our Master we will know how to be in step with the Lord in all we do. Then we will have the confidence to face the trials of life without fear.
DAILY CHALLENGE: Where can you hear the voice of God?