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GOD'S HELPING HAND

An explanation of how God actually assists those
who choose to follow his guidance

(through his gift of "providence").


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1.    INTRODUCTION

The previous article, God’s guiding hand explained how God tries to influence our lives, whether we ask for it or not, thereby demonstrating that he is present in our lives. The article concluded with advice on how to actually request, and then trust his guidance, when faced with complex or serious decisions in life.

Let us get to the subject of Gods guidance though. I will say that even after choosing the right path, through that guidance, it is not always going to be easy. There may well be hard work ahead. But if you have recognised the way God wants you to go, and you do go with that, then he will assist by supporting that right path. Of course this provides further belief building evidence of his presence in our lives. Two quotes from the Old Testament:

        The Lord himself goes before you
        and will be with you;
        he will never leave you;
        nor forsake you.
        Do not be afraid;
        do not be discouraged.
        [Deuteronomy 318]

        in all your ways acknowledge him,
        and he will make your paths straight.
        [Proverbs 3:6]

2.    THE INTENDED GOAL IS THE FOCAL POINT

I know it will take a few positive results from this kind of stuff to convince you, but I am confident of what I have written based on my own experiences over many decades and again from what I have also been told by other Christians. God did make promises that he would help in this way (as above) after all, so please relax into it and see what happens for you. I am pretty confident that you will be pleasantly surprised.

At times you will actually note a ‘parting of the waters’ clearing that appropriate direction before you (the way God wants you to go). If you have a strong commitment to a certain direction in your education or career, work projects, spiritual journey, helping the family or doing good deeds for others etc – which is just and appropriate for you in God’s view (i.e. the will of God) – then he will remove barriers to assist you. This is the stuff that ‘divine providence’ is made of. And again I maintain that it does really prove itself to you when it all comes together.

It is also noteworthy that providence, or Gods helping hand, is even more precious than guidance. I believe that whilst God attempts to guide everyone, unbeliever and believer alike, he only provides a helping hand (providence) to those who at least try to have faith and trust in him; those who have chosen to follow his guidance.

That additional assistance could not be recognised by an unbeliever, even if God gave it, because their minds are not open to it. It certainly reassures us believers that he will lovingly support us where possible on our path of life. I explain in a later article, Trusting God day to day how this loving care and assistance is available on a daily basis, if we are prepared to actually do just that, walk in trust with him. From the New Testament:

        And we know that in all things
        God works for the good of those who love him.
        [Romans 8:28]

As practising Christians, we should really make the effort to recognise his hand at work in our lives. Its power will yet again clearly raise it above sheer luck. So when following God’s guidance in a certain direction, his gifts of providence could include: unforeseen assistance, unplanned meetings with people who can help, and, material things arriving without prior knowledge. It can even occur through anticipated events ‘falling through’, perhaps temporarily. Later in hindsight it will be apparent that the unexpected events (or even lack of expected events) suited the end result.

The intended end result (or goal) of our God-supported endeavour is the focal point after all, not the road on which we are travelling at any one time. We re-adjust efforts as either doors are squeezed or doors opened wide. We get better at walking in step with him as we get used to it over time. In Christian speak we are simply trusting Gods grace as we move forward in this manner.

3.    LEAVE SUCCESS TO HIM

So, when trying to use providence to our advantage in our endeavours, it is just a matter of warily following his guidance not getting unduly enthusiastic when we are on a roll, or getting distressed when things are not exactly going according to plan. The hard part, of course, comes at that stage. As confident as I am in Gods role in this regard, from so much experience with it, even I can still feel uneasy when unexpected obstacles threaten a big project of mine. You see, I am a bit of a nervous Nelly at the best of times. Again and again, I get it! He does not let me down when I am following his will; his guidance. So, the final words to you when things are not  quite on track ... just relax. Relax. Relax. Relax and hand over any problems to him.

As with God’s guidance, his helping hand was an indispensable aid to my career and other areas of my life as well. All I can add is, please apply this stuff to your lifes endeavours. I will be surprised if it does not work for you too.

Remember if, as a faithful Christian, God approves of what you are doing then he will be there with you.

        For I am the Lord, your God,
        who takes hold of your right hand
        and says to you, Do not fear;
        I will help you.
        [Isaiah 41:13]

Gods helping hand, as I have indicated, adds great power and sanctity to our lives if we can get fully in touch with it. (Again,more on that in the first section article How to believe in God”.)

Continue to the next article, Prayers of request.