“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.”

Psalm 32:8, NIV

As a freshman in college, I made a major mistake in course selection. The university required at least two courses in the sciences and being a “diligent” student, I picked the one with the least lab work each week. Unfortunately, that meant that I chose physics, a course combining science and math, neither of which were my academic strengths. No matter how hard I tried and how much help I received, I just could not get it. I never understood half of what was going on in that class. Eventually, by the grace of God and with special permission of the dean, I was allowed to drop the course without penalty!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation like that? That is how it is with some of the lessons God wants me to learn. I know that He is giving sound instruction and that His counsel is perfect, but I still do not understand. On those occasions, I find great encouragement in the knowledge that God’s sovereign ability to make His ways known will always overcome my inability to know.

Being confident that what I need to know He will make clear to me allows me to be patient and wait on Him. The understanding may not come right away, but I am assured by His Word that He will instruct, teach and counsel me in the way I should go. Therefore, He will make that way clear enough for me to follow His direction and rest in the knowledge that I am in His will.

QUESTION: What has God been teaching you that is not yet clear? When you get frustrated by your inability to understand, what assurances does He give you that He can and will open your eyes to see all that He wants you to see?