The Guide

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11

Foreigners who wish to explore the wilderness areas of South America alone must be well prepared to face a number of challenges. Those venturing into the Amazon jungles or the Andes Mountains without a guide or adequate protection will quickly find their lives in peril. 

In “A Slow And Certain Light,” missionary Elisabeth Elliot tells of two adventurers who stopped by to see her at her mission jungle guidestation. Loaded heavily with equipment for the rain forest, they sought no advice. They merely asked her to teach them a few phrases of the language so they might converse a bit with the Indians. Amazed at their temerity, she saw a parallel between these travelers and Christians. She writes: “Sometimes we come to God as the two adventurers came to me – confident and, we think, well informed and well equipped. But has it occurred to us that with all our accumulation of stuff, something is missing? She suggests that, in our own arrogance, we often ask God for far too little. “We know what we need – a yes or no answer, please, to a simple question. Or perhaps a road sign. Something quick and easy to point the way. What we really ought to have is the Guide Himself. Maps, road signs, a few useful phrases are good things, but infinitely better is Someone who has been there and knows the way. 

In the midst of your busy and stressful day, you may face unexpected situations. Trust God to be our Guide and pray, “Lord, I know this didn’t take You by surprise! You knew it was coming and have already made a way for me. I thank You now that You are taking me where I need to go and giving me everything I need to get over the rough spots along the way.” 

Click here to watch Jamie Grace’s video titled You Lead.


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