Eyes & Ears

I just finished reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (which I heartily recommend by the way). It’s not really a Christian book per se, but there is definitely a Christian worldview perspective involved. In the book, the father along with his 11 year old boy and 8 year old daughter are constantly being led by God. It really made me think about what it means to being led by God and the Holy Spirit.

In the book, God sometimes leads them like he frequently leads in various scripture passages – by simply declaring what they should do. I think this is one of the rarer ways God leads us (at least for me).

He also leads the characters by providing direction through commands and teachings in the Bible. Jeremiah (the father in the book) has a Bible that is very worn from all the use it gets. The same can probably be said about Jeremiah’s knees as well from all the praying he does. This is an area where we are all frequently led by God.

Other times the characters are led unconsciously by God. God sovereignly decrees and designs circumstances so they end up where he wants them. The story of Joseph in the Bible where an awful lot of events and circumstances have to line up perfectly in order for God’s plan to work itself out is an example of this. I think God does this very frequently—putting us in places that we did not plan or decide to be. It’s usually only later that we might glimpse how God was at work in our lives.

However, most of the decisions we make are not spelled out specifically in the Bible. The Holy Spirit shapes our minds and hearts through the word and prayer so that we lean toward what would be most glorifying to God and helpful to others.

Lord, we pray that we continue to abide in you and obey your commands so that you may lead us and make your will clear to us. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Amen.

Brad Gauen

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