Thursday, January 28, 2010

God's Guidance

God's Guidance- we all need it, we all should want it but many don't. We need God to guide us in every day situations, struggles, decisions (big and small), etc. We all need advice and guidance at some time or another and may seek it from many different places. We need to go to God to seek guidance, but I think that sometimes we make an attempt to not be completely honest with God. Maybe we do it without realizing, but I think sometimes we just don't truly tell Him what's going on with us and what we need. If we are sick and go to the doctor, we have to be honest and tell them our symptoms if we want the doctor to advise and guide us back to health. I believe its the same way with seeking God's guidance, we must first be honest with Him. You might ask "If God knows everything then why do I need to be honest and tell Him everything?" Well my answer to that is that because He knows everything and is such an awesome incredible God, then He deserves our honesty.

We watched the video "Revelation" by Third Day and the students filled in some blanks with some of the lyrics. The songs begins "My life has led me down the road that's so uncertain". The singer is being open and honest with God about mistakes that have been made and then seeks God's guidance as he sings "Give me a revelation, show me what to do". The chorus ends proclaiming his need for God saying "Give me a revelation, I've got nothing without You".

This song is a lament which is an expression of sorrow. Some laments in the Bible include Lamentations, Job, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, and some of the Psalms. We looked at verses in three Psalms where there writer was seeking guidance from God: Psalm 31:1-5; Psalm 51:1-4, 10-12; Psalm 73:1-2, 22-26.

After reading these scriptures, we took about 10 minutes for each student to be quiet with God and write out their own lament or psalm. They took a blank piece of paper and were honest and poured their heart out to God. If you have never done this then I encourage you to do so because it is an incredible exercise.

We closed the night with the following statement: "God's guidance isn't something that comes to you because you demand it or because you tell God what you think you should do. It comes from asking God what He wants you to do. You don't have to have everything figured out, you just need to be honest with Him and ask Him for guidance. You must also be willing to accept what He says in response, knowing that what you need may be different than what you want."

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