Five Minute Friday: Guide


//The lyrics of the hymn, “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,” written by William Williams in 1745, came to mind, rose up in my spirit, in response to this week’s prompt, “Guide.” “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,” the first line states, “pilgrim through this barren land.” In just one line, I am reminded that I am a pilgrim and that this land through which I am traveling is barren at times. And perhaps always barren, in comparison to the opulence of heaven, made rich with the joy of seeing Him face to face.

“I am weak, but thou art mighty,” the song continues. And I am reminded that being weak is not a place of shame in His eyes, because He has assured me that His strength is made perfect in my weakness, and “when I am weak, then I am strong.”

“Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,” states the next line. And I sense the songwriter’s hunger, his longing, and I long to long also for the Bread of life. This Bread of Life who nourishes me for life’s journey but is also my Guide.//

He is not my GPS giving me directions. He is my Guide. Hear these words from Isaiah 58:11 (AMP):

“And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

And also in Psalm 48:14 (AMP):

“For this is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will be our guide even until death.”

This God. Elohim. Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Almighty God. The Omnipresent, Omniscient One. This God. The One who sustains all things by His Word. This God. The One whose ways are not our ways. Whose thoughts are not ours. This God is our Guide. This God is my Guide. This God is your Guide, “even until death.”

And I am reminded of words from my sister-in-Christ, in her FMF post this week.

“We don’t have to be lost. We don’t have to panic. God is ever-near, speaking through the words on the thin pages or the smartphone screens. His Spirit breathes life into the ink and graces our minds with understanding. We don’t have to wander. We don’t have to attempt to cut our own path blindly in the darkness.”

Thank You, Abba Father. Thank You.


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12 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Guide

  1. Hello neighbor! Glad that you posted this 😀 I had actually never heard of “Guide me, O thou great Jehovah”, so I will have to see if I can find it in my songbooks at home. Thank you for that!

  2. Your post made me want to break out in song! Thank you so much for this encouraging reminder. I need to remember to come to Him in my weakness, instead of reaching for others things to fill me up. He is the only one who can satisfy my need. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. “He is the only one who can satisfy my need.” So true. So true. To borrow from an old hymn, “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,” by not turning to Him first and always. May we get better at doing so. Thanks for visting my blog today.

  3. A powerful reminder of our position with God as our perpetual guide to all times. “Open our eyes God that we will see visions of you”.

  4. “He is not my GPS giving me directions. He is my Guide.”
    I appreciated this so much. God is so much more than just lighting the way. He gave us THE WAY. Jesus. I found this post so encouraging today. I stumble sometimes between weak and strong. I definitely need to remember that none of my position matters whether weak or strong. He is always strong. I don’t need to be. In fact, I will feel His strength so much more when I just recognize it and all that He has done.
    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

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