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The guidance of God

The guidance of God


( By : Fr Victor Nasr )

“The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise” – Prov. 12:15 The scriptures clearly portray the risk of rejecting the will of God spoken by His prophets, His apostles or His spiritual servants, and be satisfied with self-counselling; it is also written: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” – Prov. 14:12. Therefore, the church offered the mystery of confession as delivered by the apostles in which the confessor is also prepared to listen to the guidance  Speaking of the importance of having a spiritual father, the saints and fathers of the church had realized their need for a teacher and a spiritual guide; St John Climacus in his “ladder of virtues” says: “we, desiring to get out of Egypt and fleeing from the face of Pharaoh, are inevitably in need of another Moses interceding for us before God, standing between work and meditation, and lifting his hands for us till we cross, through his guidance, the sea of our sins and conquer the Amalekites of our tendencies”  But certainly there are conditions when asking guidance in confession; first: honesty when presenting an issue so that we may hear God’s voice; second: avoiding arguments and justification that you may not “be made right in your own eyes”, “so do not leave me, O Lord, with my selfcounselling and tendencies”; third: readiness of the heart in humility to accept guidance and be submitted to it…”How would I know what is good for me unless Your grace guide me?”  Hence, there are obstacles set against our benefitting from God’s guidance in the mystery of confession like, mostly, Pride which deprive man for the natural feeling of the need of God and, thus, of the spiritual father. Also, the strong desire to do something or live in a certain way prevents man from seeking guidance. Sometimes, it is difficult to enjoy the leadership of the Spirit of God due to laziness “He who hates correction is lazy” (Prov. 12:1), or due to shamefulness or despair or even business.  Hopefully, beloved, we strive fervently asking God day and night to dispense to us humble hearts that submit to His will at all time “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” – Rom. 11:36



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