It was Leonard Ravenhill who is quoted as saying, “Men give advice God gives guidance“. Ravenhill was 20th century British evangelist who first rose to prominence during World War II. Ravenhill had a special interest in Christian revival and dedicated most of his efforts to that cause.
But what is meant by men give advice God gives guidance?
God is all about relationships
God is all about relationships. He wants us to interact with our fellow man. It is why He gave us eyes and ears so we could hear and see in a physical sense. After all, we have a physical body and live and breathe in a physical world.
Our relationship with God is spiritual, not physical and does not require eyes or ears. He is in heaven, we are on earth. Fortunately God not only made us a physical being but made us a spiritual being as well. Our dialogue with God is through Christ our Savior. It isn’t with eyes or ears but with our inner voice via the spirit. We relate and interact with man and God but in two different senses and domains.
Man gives advice. He takes his experience, acquired knowledge and opinions and relates them to his fellow man in an attempt to help. We weigh this information and act (or not) according to our interpretation of the information received.
God guides. He works from within man, within his spirit. God generally gives man direction over direct advice when speaking to him. This is why we must earnestly listen and honestly heed for God’s guidance requires our attention. The closer we are to God, the more we are paying attention to Him the better we are at understanding and seeing the way He is showing us.
The reality of the situation is that the more we focus on God the more our path becomes straight the more we are in the path and the way of the Lord.
God spoke directly
God spoke directly (audibly) to a handful of people in the Bible. But there are over 500 verses in the Bible that refer to being guided in “the way”.
“To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79).
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Why did God speak to some but chose to guide all of the rest of us? The answer is simple. Our relationship with fellow man is tactile. It is based and affirmed on touch, see, hear and feel. Our relationship with man is also temporary.
Our relationship with God is spiritual and is based and affirmed on faith. The Apostle Paul explained it this way, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
God speaking to us from within and guiding us from without is all based on our faith in Him. We must also keep in mind that in one way or another and regardless of what we may or may not believe, our relationship with God is eternal.
Now, does God give advice? You bet! God’s spoken word, His will and His way is written down in the Bible. You can’t get any better advice than the Holy Scriptures! This is why God audibly spoke to some so all could benefit and prosper.
Here is a wonderful example with Abraham. God spoke to Abraham so he could advise others as to the way of God.
God said, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:19).
Men give advice God gives guidance.
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