The Messenger

Our Weekly Bulletin

May 25, 2022
Volume XXXXII –Number 20

It was great to see each of you here Sunday. We had a wonderful number gathered to worship together and give honor and praise to God. If you’re reading this please consider this your personal invitation from me to join us for any or all of our services here at Centerville. I promise you will find a warm and friendly welcome. In Psalm 32:8 we read, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you”. In preparation for living, we should enroll in the School of God. He promises to be our teacher. I still remember my first-grade teacher Mrs. King and what an impact she had on my life even today as I am in my mid 50’s. Her instruction and her kindness, as well as all my teachers, were fundamental to my educational growth. But God promises to be our spiritual teacher and will help us in our spiritual growth. Both are needed, but one is more important in the end than the other. In looking again at this verse, you see that God promises three things. First, He says, “I will instruct you.” This means to communicate knowledge, to inform. He imparts this knowledge in such a way that we can know and understand. His Book is the Bible. We have all heard “when all else fails, read the instructions.” We won’t always be able to find specific directions like, “do this or “don’t do that.” Yet, as we read it regularly our hearts and minds are open to His instruction.

Next, He says, “I will teach you in the way you should go.” God has provided for us the Holy Spirit as our special instructor. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things” (John 14:26). And you receive that gift of the Holy Spirit upon faithful obedience to the command to be baptized. (Acts 2:38) Every school today has guidance counselors. Their job is to provide special guidance and counseling to the students. God gives special counseling too. “I will counsel you and watch over you.” God sees our day by day, step by step needs and provides the guidance and the counseling we need, for He keeps His eyes on us at all times. “Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep” (Ps. 121:4). God, the all-seeing eye is watching us and wanting us to turn to Him and seek His guidance. I just love the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14; “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. What a wonderful promise for us in our daily lives. Often problems arise that we do not know how to handle. There may be needs with no apparent solution. Situations beyond human possibilities. God’s promise for us is, “I will instruct you—I will teach you—I will counsel you.” Open your hearts and minds to the teachings that God has given us through His holy word. And as Paul instructed Timothy; “Give attention to reading, to exhortation, to teaching”. You will be blessed if you do!

God Bless -Todd

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