I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
This is one of my favorite promises in all of the Bible. God promises to tell us where to go, and to counsel us with His eye upon us. There are two parts to this. The first is to teach us the right principles to make good choices on our own. The second is to counsel us when the choices are between several things that all look good. Or maybe they all look bad, like being between a rock and a hard place. The promise part is that God has His eye on us, just like He has His eye on the sparrow. Isn’t that comforting?
Our GPS voice on Google Maps, or whatever device you use, is a computer generated voice. It doesn’t really care for us. It doesn’t make value judgments. It merely tells us the shortest route. Some programs can take into account heavy traffic, but other than that, you don’t have an omniscient, provident God looking down in love telling us which way to turn.
There are times when I think I know better than my GPS voice and I have quite the argument with her. I don’t have a name for her. But if I did, I think it would be the name of my least favorite high school teacher. One time I couldn’t figure out how to shut her off when I first got a Garmin, so I shut her in the compartment between the driver and passenger seat and her muffled directives rang out the whole trip. So I turned up the music.
We can do the same thing to God. There are times when we think we know better than Him, trying to shut off our GPS with Him. “Stop it Holy Spirit! Stop it.” His voice rings in our heart the whole while. He tells us to knock it off and we barrel on, suffering the consequences. And we turn up the music so we can’t hear His voice. God gives us commands which are really for our provision and protection to guide us. He also gives us the Holy Spirit who is with Christians always.
On the positive side, when I don’t know what to do and I humbly ask for help, God is there to counsel me with His eye upon me. I don’t always know that His leading hand is upon me, but I can look back and tell that it was. One time my husband and I were travelling to my family’s side for Christmas, about a five hour trip. We prayed before we left that we would have safe travels. A snow storm blew up along the way, making travel treacherous.
I was driving, and as we went through one town, my husband said as we were passing a gas station, “stop there for the restroom.” I said we could go to the one a few blocks down the road since I was already past it. He said he didn’t want to go then. He’s a bathroom snob, which I was later to find out why (another story). As I pulled into the other gas station to get gas, I locked the car door to go in and pay, with our coats inside the vehicle. We got back outside and the fob wouldn’t work. Apparently the battery was dead. We went back into the station to call for some assistance, explaining what had happened, complete with cell phones inside car. The person behind the counter asked what kind of vehicle we had, we said “Ford.” She said, “Why don’t you go to the Ford dealership across the street then?”
Now there is an example of God taking care of us with His eye upon us. In the midst of a snowstorm, with our coats in the car, we were locked out right across from a Ford dealership. They gave us a new battery for free, installed it, and on we went!
Take God at His word today, following His instructions and trusting in His promises. He will counsel you with His eye upon you.