Thou wilt show me the path of life. In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand, there are pleasures forevermore.
Knowing God makes an incredible difference in our responses to challenging situations; the choices I have made do not fit with what would be expected in our day; in fact, they might even be called insane. But many years ago, I gave Jesus my life and asked Him to let it be consecrated for Him. (Psalm 16:11) I don’t choose my path; He does. I don’t choose my own justification; He does. Not my ways, His, not my thoughts but His. (Isaiah 55:8) That’s how much I trust Him with my life. The Bible has been my guidebook to life. It is my direct communication from Him, and considering how alone I am spiritually in this world, it satisfies my every need.
Scripture allows us to know God and explains His will so we may grow spiritually. It provides answers to questions about our origin, purpose, and destiny. By studying God’s Word, we can understand His purpose for our life. The fullness of joy comes from following His path for our life (Psalm 16:11)
My first experience with a small group Bible study was 40 years ago in Tucson, Arizona. I was a very young mother with 2 small children and was 2000 miles away from home. My husband, just out of college by a year, had landed a great job there, and we set off for one of the most amazing adventures of our lives.
At the time, I wouldn’t even call myself a lukewarm Christian but a completely cold Christian. As my children grew, I sensed an urgent need to seek help from the Lord. There was no way I could do this alone. We found a wonderful church with Bible studies, and I signed up immediately. My first study was called “Behold Your God.” I learned the attributes of God, how to study the Bible, and fellowship with other like-minded women. Amazing Blessings! This one study set me on a path of finding out and experiencing just how important Knowing God really is. It’s funny to read now, but this is what I wrote in my early years of following God’s path:
Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
When we come to the Lord Jesus, we tell Him that we are willing for Him to choose our path in life because He knows best. That means that whatever happens in our lives (illness, sorrow, or disappointments) shouldn’t cause us to grumble. We will know that He is close beside us, and we shall be happy because happiness doesn’t depend on what we’ve got or where we are. Real, lasting happiness comes from living close to the Lord and being like Him.
There is no better or safer path for us to follow than the one laid before us by God Himself!
I praise God for this first small group because, over these 40 years, we have suffered through illnesses, sorrows, and disappointments but carried our knowledge of God’s character every step of the way.