I personally grew up in a home where, though God brought teachers, mentors and friends into my life to teach me truth and He spoke to me through His word, I lacked guidance I wish I had had from those godly guidance within the family unit . I know many of the younger generation now and those coming to Christ who don’t have strong, wholistic biblical guidance ache too for the piece that may always not be there, but God’s word is never failing, never lacking. Here are some starter verses to begin praying for God to guide you:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”
“You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.”
“A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.”
“The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.”
“To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
So, we need to pray that God teach us more about, draw us closer and keep us sensitive to which of the above He is particularly using to understand why:
1. His eye
2. His council
5. The way of peace
6. Into all truth
Now, let’s dig a tad deeper in each and what the seasons look like with them:
To begin this short section, we must lay a foundation of understanding the term “apple of His, Your eye” found in the Bible-mentioned four times. Interpreted two ways, both as precious in sight to Him and as vulnerable physical quality of the pupil. If someone were to poke their finger in your own eye, our proper bodily reaction/response is both to shut our eyes as a muscular contraction to release tears and hopefully put up our hands as additional shield from further attack. Still, it surprises people that believers who have a love for the word do this in the spiritual sense when in a season of intense warfare. Some of the ancient Hebraic prayers encouraged the use of hands covering the face when in prayer to God because He was and is Holy out of respect. Now, in battle, we approaching the enemy. However, we are told the helmet of salvation should be fitted to our faces as protection for our head parts, including our eyes. Proverbs 7:2 says “Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.” God describes with us in scripture that when someone touches us as believing disciples, a visual of them touching His eye. If someone pokes Him in His pupil, don’t think He will do nothing about it.
Sometimes God leads us in a season, though we ought to continually be growing in wisdom from godly council, honing understanding of good wholistic council, its administration, into reception, on one topic or another found in His Word. Council, as an entity in the gospels consisted of a mis of these factions of people: Pharisees, scribes, elders, chief priests. Joseph of Arimathea who had Yeshua buried was a member of the council. They are the ones accountable to, if you used the word “Raca” on a brother. (A word and mindset of despising another person made in His image). Paul was brought before the council in regards to the debate of outside interpretation of discounting the Torah of Moshe/Moses, or despising the law. The council, bottom line deals with disrespect. So, when we pray for God to guide us in His council, we desire to learn through His word with the now present help of concordance as a tool, about respecting God, respecting His creation, distinguishing what God defines as disrespectful or unworthy vs worthy.
The nine verses (NKJV) that mention discretion most often describe this as a season or learning how to deal with things graciously, learning about how and from what the Lord is preserving you, and the training of being slow to anger. The beauty of fruit preserves, is there’s different flavors and yet they all taste sweet. Likewise discretion ought to be sweet. Graciousness is the catalyst for entrusting another’s discretion. However this world grows ever more selfish in both heart and mind. It is oft said in Christian circles that grace is us being given what we don’t deserve. So the transaction proceeds as expectation to be given what we don’t deserve in exchange for personal information. We use wisdom to determine a persons consistency of character before giving them sensitive information about our lives hopefully. More and more people display lack of grace or discernment, easily offended and quick to offend, which, by Webster’s definition is pure antithesis of discretion.
Though it is something we are called to walk in, this aspect of guidance has a hinge-like nature. Although Psalm 78:2 references Jacob’s shepherding the people, the integrity of our own lives in relationship to God allows or disallows the capacity of realizing how He shepherds us and allows others to see His skill in our lives. Proverbs 10:9 also tells us that walking with integrity, we walk securely. It is a word used by People such as Paul, Solomon, David, Job and Abimilech who unwittingly took Abrams wife for himself, being told she was Abraham’s sister. Integrity is something considerable by our Creator, something we rely on His uprighting us as well as one of four core pieces to Titus’s writing of doctrine (the others being reverence, incorruptibility, and sound speech that cannot be condemned) Titus 2:7-8.
The Way of Peace
Luke 1:77-79 keys the need for knowledge by the remission of sins. Our Guide and the Prince Himself of peace cannot lead us in the way of peace, when we insist in sin and turmoil. I went through a divorce two years ago, and though I had experienced Yeshua’s protection in the midst of the battlefield, experienced His covering, experienced the Joy of His Holy Spirit in worship which at two different times, once transported me to the heavenlies where I actually felt my soul come back into my body and another time when I had to ask God to stop because I felt like my physical body would burst, and I experienced the warm and gentle Love of the Holy Spirit the day I was baptized, I had never experienced such a calm, even though the family unit was in an uproar over what half thought I had done, the other of what they saw and read my spouse doing. I understood then what “peace that PASSES understanding” truly meant. It is the way that
Those who insist on making their own crooked path
Those who live for and in injustice
Those who do not seek after God
do not know, as mentioned in Isaiah 59:8 & Romans 3:17. The way of peace is a blessing first given and seen in Judges 18:6 by the priest, echoed by the Pharisee turned missionary disciple of Yeshua, Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
Into all Truth
We must bear in mind the origin of this “into all truth” is NOT as modern Christians tend to interpret truth being in everything including pagan stories as the key core of the gospels. We have switched the Comissioner’s intention if we do to rather not hide the Word of God in our hearts, properly using cultures understanding to point them toward the Truth, the Word of God, but have laid a foundation of culture first sprinkled with itty bitty pieces of scripture. There are two included crucial traits of the Spirit that leads in all Truth. Namely:
He will not speak on His own authority
He will tell you things to come
Now he may not for our own growth do both things simultaneously every/all the time as our spirit may need to digest one piece of scriptural truth before moving on to another, but He WILL always be in alignment with the Truth, the Word of God holistically, that you can find the truth of what was said time and time again through the old and new testaments.