Review verses 1-6. The steps of the young man are now steps of responsibility guided by the Word of God. Psalm 119;11, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” Ezra 7:10 “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it.” It is not so much duty but devotion to the will of God.
Let us first of all look at,
I. THE NEED FOR HIS GUIDANCE.
A. For our daily problems in life.
The 21st century Christian faces difficulty none other has: Earthquakes, devastation, floods, tornadoes, nuclear war, murder, racism, liberalism, acceptance, tolerance, streets not safe, computers, automation, Robots, stock market crashes, etc.
All this can cause frustration and confusion. We must have His guidance. The longer we live the more complex our problems become. Then, when we just begin to learn some lessons, it’s time to die.
B. For uncertainty of the future.
Our whole lives must be lived with respect to the future. Like Columbus of old, set his sails across unknown seas. Not knowing what a day may bring forth, yet boldly faced it and planned for many days in the future.
Yet the future is hidden from us, except for what is revealed in the Word of God. How needful then to be guided on to the unknown by the One who sees the end from the beginning. We need His divine guidance.
C. For the call of duty.
We need Him not only for our own interest, but even more so for His service. We are really not free to choose our own path. The servant must learn the will of his Master before he can know what to do.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!