Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?
To know that our daily experiences are of the Lord must encourage our continual trust of Him and submission to His mysterious ways. He will provide for all His people who follow Him. Think of your past and how you have been guided and carried through to this point in your life. Praise the One who has richly sustained you. Look to the future glory that will follow those who have trusted and continue to live “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). Walking by faith rather than by sight is the theme of much Scripture and Christian experience. Though we may not fully understand the meaning of our lives, how can we build up our faith and trust in the God who rules over us?
I would suggest by using the means that God has given us; the regular gathering together with God’s people in worship, submitting to the faithful preaching of the Word of God, prayer and participation in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The note above, with the exception of my suggestion, is from The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. —Joel R. Beeke is the General Editor.
Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD And rely upon his God.
Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks: walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled-this you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment.
Here the prophet spoke a word in season, to the weary. He addressed those who fear God but found themselves overwhelmed with afflictions, walking in darkness. Maybe they struggled with error, perhaps sorrow and possibly even death. Isaiah pointed the children of God of his day away from themselves and exhorted them to trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon his God!
He also had a word for the hypocrite, for the self-righteous and the self-reliant. It was a warning to those who lit their own fire, made their own light and looked to themselves for salvation. Thus says the Lord, “this you shall have from My hand: you shall lie down in torment”.
When the Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ, walked in this world he said; “come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light”.
May we be found looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.