GOD'S HELPING HAND
An explanation of how God actually assists those
who choose to follow his guidance
(through his gift of "providence").
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 God’s 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
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.
in all your ways acknowledge him,
will make your paths straight.
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
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
a certain direction in your
education or career, work
projects, spiritual journey, helping the family or doing good deeds
for others etc – which
just and appropriate for you in
God’s view (i.e. the will of God)
he will remove barriers to assist you. This is the stuff that
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 God’s 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
for the good of those who love him.
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
providence could include: unforeseen assistance, unplanned meetings with
who can help, and, material things arriving without prior knowledge. It
even occur through anticipated events ‘falling through’,
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
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
over time. In Christian ‘speak’ we are simply trusting God’s 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 God’s
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 life’s endeavours. I
will be surprised if it does not work for you too.
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.
God’s 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”.