Does He Always Guide Me?

Prisoners who accept Christ while incarcerated sometimes pray, "God, get me out of this hell-hole," according to Evelyn Christenson. If God doesn't, their response to his refusal is, "If that's the kind of God I'm serving now, I don't want anything to do with Him any more. He let me down."

Frequently, however, inmates who have recently become Christians share that they have already grasped that God knows what He is doing, that it is for their ultimate good, and that they can trust Him completely. Then their response to God is, "Thanks, God, for leaving me here. You have a purpose. What is it?"

A key truth God teaches us through His Word is that when we're living in the Spirit, all our circumstances help us. God can make all things, even others' sins, "work together for good to them that love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

God does what we trust Him to do. Do you believe a loving God controls every detail of your life? If you believe He is doing that for you, then He is!

God gives moment-by-moment guidance to those who look to Him. Those who seek Him with all their hearts find Him. And if our seeking Him includes looking for Him in the ordinary routine of our everyday lives, we will find Him there.

Dear Jesus, I trust and praise You for the guidance You'll give today--the interruptions, the help in my work, the interactions with others.

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame" (Isaiah 58:11).