There are promises in the Bible that require no action from us. God is true. God is faithful. God will reign for all eternity. Whether we serve the Lord or not, those truths will remain. Those promises are sure. Even when they affect us, like, God will judge the world in righteousness, those promises require no cooperation from us. But many if not most of God’s blessings, require our cooperation to come to fruition. Not that God is incapable of bringing them to pass without our help, but that He chooses not to act unless we are in submission to Him.
Two such blessings are found in Psalm 23:3. The verse says, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” First, God restores our soul. This has the meaning of to turn back or to return. When we are weary and burdened in this life, God has the ability to return us to strength. He restores our soul to it’s liveliness, and vitality. Second, He leads us in the paths of righteousness. Think about this for a moment, God didn’t have to lead us at all. He could simply say, “Be righteous.” And leave us to our own devices. But that is not His way. He chooses to say, “Come this way, child, and I will lead you.” He leads because He loves, and He leads to show other’s His goodness and glorify His name.
But as a good doctor cannot cure unless the patient is willing, and the one who leads with none following is only taking a walk. God cannot restore us or lead us without our cooperation. We must come to Him to be restored. We must humble ourselves and choose to follow if we are to be lead by God. This is not always an easy choice, but it must be done if we are to enjoy the pleasantness of true fellowship with our Creator.
I pose this question to you, Will you come to your Savior to be restored? Will you follow that He might lead? It is the only way to a happy and fulfilled life. Won’t you make that choice today?