God’s guidance system
PROVERBS 9:10 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Picture Forty-second Street and Broadway, New York City. It’s peak traffic time. Buses, cars, trucks, taxis, delivery vans...all are zipping by at a dull roar. On the curb is a mother cat with a kitten in her mouth. She is trying to carry her baby across the street at one of the busiest intersections on earth. She starts out. She darts back in. She darts out a little farther and is almost run over. She tries a third time with no success. Finally, an old Irish cop with a heart as big as the city itself sees her dilemma, and takes the situation in hand. Whistle blowing and hand raised, he steps out into the intersection of 42nd and Broadway and stops traffic cold. The mother cat sees her opportunity and scampers across safely. All the power and energy of New York City was held at bay by that policeman’s right hand, but the mother cat never knew it.
I wonder how many times in your life and my life the sovereignty of God has prevailed at critical junctures? How many times has He enabled us to move safely through a moment of difficult decision? You see, there is a moral guidance system by which we humans operate, and that system helps us determine the will and the purpose of God. We can sense it, but it is difficult to explain. Would God leave His children with no way to determine His will for their lives? Never. He has given us our own built-in reason, intelligence, giftedness and inclinations. Best of all, He has left us His own “inner voice” that speaks to us when we get still enough, and leads us in the right way. Don’t lean solely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)