When we fix our eyes on God as our Guide and Guard, our life journeys fulfill His good purposes. Throughout God’s Word, we find evidence of His desire to lead us out of the captivity of our sinful humanity to the freedom of living in Christ. From eternity past to eternity future, God’s goal is close relationship with us. Seeking His guidance puts us on a pathway of fellowship with Him. Surrounded by His presence, we enjoy Him as our Guide and our Guard.
God is a Guide and Guard who never sleeps. Scriptures remind us that the eyes of the Lord are continually upon us. The Psalmist says God guides us with His eye. To know the direction He desires us to look, we must seek His face. To remain in His presence and benefit from His guidance, we must give attention to His point of focus. God’s gaze always rests upon those things that hide His glory from others and us. When we follow His eyes, we see ourselves as He sees us. Even though the eyes of our Lord always overflow with love, seeing the truths about ourselves that He sees is most uncomfortable. Only receiving His unconditional love allows us to accept that penetrating gaze from our Guide.
God never forces us to accept His view; we can choose to focus our eyes as we wish. His love will remain and His gaze stay fixed on the area of our soul that remains chained. Rejecting Him as Guide puts us on a path that takes us away from His presence. We become our own guide and guard. Mark records the sad account of the rich, young man who sought Jesus, felt His loving gaze and chose to reject it. Christ desired for the young man to see the limits of his earthly treasures and choose to trust Him. Preferring the comfort of his visible earthly treasures, the rich young man chose to be his own guide.
The joyful truth we must never forget, though, is that when we choose to seek Him again as our Guide and Guard, He will be waiting to travel with us. He will guide us into the transforming power of His truth and love! He will guide us and guard us to the end. Seeking God’s face and walking in His presence allows us to see more our awesome God more clearly. When we accept Him as our Guide and Guard, our lives become a window for others to glimpse Him as well.