Word of the Month

The Lord leads us

June 2002

We have often already experienced that our Heavenly Father leads and guides us and that He was at our side with His angel's protection - sometimes unbeknownst to us. Nevertheless, there are still occasions that arise from time to time in which we might think that we have been abandoned in our concerns and problems, under our cross and in suffering. That is when we should remember that the Lord leads and accompanies His saints in a marvellous fashion.

His saints - who are these? Let us bear in mind the words of Apostle Paul, who wrote to the Ephesians: "Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:19-20). Those who have received the Holy Spirit, and have thereby been made a member of the household of God, belong to these saints, despite the fact that they are still encumbered by many human weaknesses and imperfections.

When the Lord leads His own, He guides them on His ways. Foremost among these ways is the "narrow way of faith". Those that walk upon this way have the assurance that they will reach the goal for which they have striven. If we allow ourselves to be steered by the Lord, it will not be a burden, a restriction, or a deprivation of our freedom to walk upon the narrow way; it is broad enough to enable us to fully develop and unfold ourselves in faith.

The narrow way is a "way of overcoming" that is worth walking upon. Those who follow this way will receive the crown of eternal life. Jesus Christ promised: "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne." (Revelation 3:21). What a prospect: to be raised to the same height as the omnipotent, eternal God and His Son. It is therefore worthwhile to overcome the mountains and crevasses in our way.

We are not spared the "way of sorrow" on the narrow way either. Our dear God leads us through various crosses so that we can be purified, and prove our faith, loyalty and love to Him. He does not leave us alone on the "way of suffering", but instead gives us comfort and strength, help and support. Though the path may be lined with stones and thorns, we know that the Lord leads us in a marvellous manner even on this difficult stretch of the way.

The narrow way is also a "way of teaching". In God's work, there remains much for us to learn in order to grow into the love of Jesus. Our nature should become like His and we must prepare ourselves to serve at the side of the Lord in the Kingdom of Peace as the royal priesthood.

All these "ways" have one thing in common: they comprise "the way home". Those who remain on this way and entrust themselves to God's leadership cannot go wrong; despite some difficulties, they will unerringly reach the goal: eternal fellowship with the Most High and His Son.

(Excerpt from a divine service of the Chief Apostle)