Mentor, Tour Guide, and Confidant

Do you want more of God in your life?

Has life been difficult?

There is an easier way to live.

It depends on how you see God.

I’ve spent a lot of years learning how to write and how to paint, mainly watercolors. And I’ve wanted to pass on that knowledge to others, particuarly my grandchildren. And I have been able to at times, thankfully.

My thinking is that if I could just inspire them to find something they want to get good at and work hard at developing the skill, acquiring the knowledge, they could be really great at it by the time they made it to adulthood.  In other words, I want to mentor them. And I have at times.

But I would never want to force them to follow my advice. Instead, I want them to see the wisdom of it and choose to follow it, even dedicate themselves to following that sort of pathway, if they will.

Although God wants to be much more to us, He does want to mentor us.

Let’s say I came into some money and decide I want to take a vacation in France. Now I’ve never been there, so I decide that having a tour guide would be a good idea. That way I could have on hand some help in choosing the best spots to visit or even spend time at. I could avoid unsafe areas.

Also that guide could also fill me in with background information on places visited, maybe even some of the relevant history, as well as provide reliable directions and advice to make my stay as fulfilling as possible.

Advice I’m free to choose to follow or not.

Although its a very imperfect analogy, the Holy Spirit wants to be our tour guide.

Everyone needs a friend, someone to talk to, confide in, someone you can trust totally and who knows you and understands you. Someone you like to spend time with, fellowship with, enjoy being with.

Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24, NASB). By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God” (Hebrews 11:5, NASB).

Abraham was God’s friend (Isaiah 41:8).

David wrote those beautiful Psalms, some of them at least, while alone with God, shepherding those sheep, and at other times. He walked with God, had faith in God.

Incredibly, astoundingly, God wants to be your friend.

How do you see God?