GOD IS OUR GUIDE
by Wayne S. Walker
"For this is our God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death" (Psalm 48:14). We have visited a lot of historical sites over the years. Some of them are designed for people to stop and look at on their own, while others offer and sometimes even require a guided tour. Personally, I have found those where we have had a guide to be more enjoyable. A lot of people try to make it through this life on their own, but it is so much more helpful and, if we want to go to heaven, even necessary to have a guide. The Psalmist says that God is our guide.
God is our guide to salvation. All of us have sinned (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). However, God sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). As a result, He offers redemption through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7). In this way, eternal salvation is offered to all who obey the Lord (Hebrews 5:8-9). This word or message has been revealed to mankind in the gospel (1 Peter 1:25). Because salvation began with God, only He can guide us to it.
God is our guide in life. There is a wide gate leading to a broad way which will result in eternal punishment, and a strait gate leading to a narrow way which will result in eternal life, and Jesus said that few will find that narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14). God sent Jesus not only to die for our sins but also to be "the way, the truth, and the life" so that we might be able to come to the Father (John 14:6). Jesus has revealed God’s way in the scriptures which will thoroughly furnish us unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When we follow the teaching of scripture, God is guiding us in our lives.
God is our guide through death. Physical death was the sentence passed to all mankind because Adam and Eve brought sin into the world (Genesis 3:19). However, death is not the end of our existence. At death, the body returns to the dust but the soul to God (Ecclesiastes 12:7). People can kill the body but not the soul (Matthew 10:28). We must all die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). If we will let Him, God will guide us even through death. It should always be my desire to say, "Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy powerful hand" (William Williams).