Following God’s Leading
Category : General
Isaiah 42: 16 (KJV)
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
It has been observed that after having said in the previous verses what He would do to His enemies, God now speaks of His people. He would lead them to their own land, as a blind people that needed a guide, and would remove whatever obstacle there was in their way. By the ‘blind’ here, He refers doubtless to His own people. The term is applied originally to His people in captivity, as being ignorant, after their seventy years exile, of the way of return to their own land. It is possible that it may have a reference to the fact, so often charged on them, that they were characteristically a stupid and spiritually blind people. But it is more probable that it is the language of tenderness rather than that of objurgation; and denotes their ignorance of the way of return, and their need of a guide, rather than their guilt, and hardness of heart.
It has also been observed that if applied to the people of God under the New Testament – as the entire strain of the prophecy seems to lead and to conclude – then it denotes that Christians will feel their need of a leader, counselor, and guide; and that Yahweh, as a military leader, will conduct them all in a way which they did not know, and remove all obstacles from their path. True wisdom will confirm the decision of Scripture, not only as to spiritual things but as to all things, when it says, “If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything,” i.e. if he regard himself as perfect in knowledge, “he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”
Many of us know from experience, example that God leads His people notable by controlling their circumstances. God may preserve us from taking the wrong path by providentially blocking the way in which we might otherwise have walked; or, He may keep us from a false movement, or induce us to make the true one by bringing us unto the fellowship of some wise friend whose timely counsel either dissuades or determines us. However, there is another way and that is by influencing our minds. He is nearer to us than our nearest friends; and He can influence us more powerfully than the wisest and strongest of our teachers or guardians.
If we look to our own path in life, we find ourselves uninformed concerning that which lies before us. However, the Word of God gives hope and it does not more explicitly reveal to us our ignorance and blindness, than it offers to us a great and infallible Guide. Here is a promise of the wisest guidance. Blind man, you don’t know the way–but God does! Here is a promise of the mightiest help. “I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight.” Here is a promise of the firmest faithfulness. “These things I will do and not forsake them.” From the beginning to the end of their pilgrimage, God leads His people in a way, which previous to experience they know not. Our God is a faithful God, let us trust His wisdom and sovereignty!
Have a great and God filled day!