8 I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. 9 Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.
God promises to instruct us, show us the way, give us counsel and keep His eye on us. Then he said have “understanding” which comes from the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Consider “Your word is a lamp to my feet a And a light to my path” b. [Psalms 119:105, a- short term direction, b- long term guidance] and “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. [Romans 10:17 NKJV]
His guidance, instruction and attentiveness are the reason we can be joyful in suffering, but not about the suffering which is painful. Someone said; “Lord, I am willing to receive what you give, to lack what you withhold, to relinquish what you take, to suffer what you inflict, to be what you require.” This is to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
Beware when self, the world, Satan or even a believer tries inducing guilt for already forgiven sin. When you claim 1 John 1:9 about a sin you are forgiven forever. When we are accused, Jesus is our Advocate before God.
10 Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the Lord will have faithful love surrounding him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
1 John 4:7-21 describes the faithful love of God that passes all understanding. He loved us enough to give up His own son on the cross so that the believer in Him would have eternal life. The wicked have no where to turn for the kind love that we receive from God and His earthly family. However they can always turn to the “The Lord…who is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9]
His faithful love is the reason disciples-the “righteous ones and upright in heart “- can rejoice, shout for joy and be glad in the Lord.
Henry Luke 8/17/2017
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