through His Word
God has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV). How does that guidance work?
I loved playing point guard on defense. In the years I played basketball, my job was to stop the forward momentum of the other team’s leader. I could anticipate which direction she would pass the ball by which way her face pointed—where her eyes were looking.
It’s the same with God. Although we can’t physically see Him, we can anticipate which way His face is pointed by what His Word says.
“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12 NKJV
God loves righteousness—the right way of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus is our best example of what righteous living looks like. He faced every temptation and won (Hebrews 4:15). He faithfully carried out the Father’s will. We can look to His example and teaching to know how God wants us to live, how He wants us to walk in this life—what paths and pitfalls to avoid and what paths He wants us to take.
To have God’s guidance in specific situations, we have to stay close to Him. We won’t know which way our Father is looking if we are off doing our own thing. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us (James 4:8). And as we purify our minds and hearts, we will be able to receive His direction better.
To follow God’s eye, we have to know what He loves and what He hates. He hates pride, lies, and taking innocent life (Proverbs 6:16-17). He hates disobedience, unforgiveness, and brutality (2 Timothy 3:2-3). He loves mercy, kindness, and humility (Colossians 3:12). He cherishes love, light, and wisdom (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15).
Where is God’s eye pointing you this week? Remember that He cares about what you’re going through and He has a plan for victory, comfort, or effectiveness. Let’s celebrate that our great God who is perfect in wisdom, love, and power is willing to direct us, and let’s follow Him. I’m ready. Are you?
Tell me in the comments below the relief or peace you have felt when you have been certain of God’s will. How did you receive His direction and guidance? I’d love to hear!
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