“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
What is the difference between a child and an adult?
There’s a lot of correct answers to that one! Think about it this way. Have you noticed that a child usually has someone following them around telling them what to do and what not to do? Contrast that to an adult who usually is standing alone; making decisions on their own.
If you have children, then you know that your goal is to teach them to be able to make decisions on their own; without someone else having to tell them what to do. During this teaching process, you don’t just leave them on their own to learn things purely by experience, but you give them a framework from which to embark on their journey. This framework is what is commonly known as “values.” These values guide them as they make decisions regarding their actions and their destiny.
Children who are left on their own are known in our society as “abandoned children.” Their parents are subject to punishment under the law.
As God’s children, we too are given a framework from which to make decisions regarding our actions and our destiny. This framework is called the Bible. Without the Bible, we are abandoned children – left to ourselves to figure things out in a world in which a lack of knowledge can quickly lead to destruction.
Hosea 4:6 states: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”
Any child who doesn’t have a framework of values and knowledge from which to navigate the dangers of life will quickly be ensnared or destroyed. The children of God are no different.
God intends for us to know the Word of God so intimately that we are transformed into “living epistles” – people who not just know the Bible but people who live it as well.
“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:3
Once we reach this point, we are becoming “mature” in our faith. Someone who knows the right to do and doesn’t do it is still “childlike” – still in need of discipline and training.
Verse 9 of Psalm 32 describes this to us:
“Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.”
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Now, it’s important to know that no one reaches the point in life in which they no longer need accountability or direction from the Spirit of God. But, God wants us to learn to walk in His Word and to do that we must know it!
Psalm 32:8 states that God will teach and train us in the way that we should go. It then says something interesting: “I will guide you with My eye.”
There’s no doubt that this statement is telling us that God will watch over us. No doubt about that. But, I believe it is also saying to us that God’s intent is to teach us and train us so that we can see things the way that He sees them.
My perspective on things is a reality but if I’m going to walk as a mature believer, I MUST be able to see things from God’s perspective. As I learn the Word of God, I begin to see things from His perspective. Then, I can make decisions based upon the Bible – decisions that reflect God’s Spirit; decisions which lead me directly into His will!
So, today I would give you this admonition:
Spend time in the Bible! Listen to what God is saying to you through His Word! Make the Word of God the framework from which you will navigate life. By doing this, you will see things as God sees them and God’s eye will guide you directly into your destiny!