I referred to Dr. Ferguson’s book in an earlier post this week and recommended it as a great read for all of us.
I was privileged to have Sinclair Ferguson for a Th.M. class on the Westminster Confession some years ago and have been a fan of his preaching and writing ever since. In his book Deserted by God?, he writes about what we need when we feel deserted by God.
“We lose our sense of perspective, our objectivity. We need to be brought out of ourselves and have our gaze redirected from what we are and do to what God is and does. This alone will provide the reorientation we all need for spiritual health.”
Deserted by God?, p. 12.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
. I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders:
And His name will be called
PRINCE OF PEACE. (Isaiah 9:2)
He is the WONDERFUL COUNSELOR because only He can counsel us “with His eye upon us.” He knows every need we have. He knows every need we will have. He knows every thing we have done and everything that has been done to us. He knows everything that is broke and He knows how to fix it because His eye never leaves us.
He knows everything about everything and that doesn’t leave anything out.
This is what should drive us to mine the Scriptures for the direction and wisdom we need. God wrote a book. He gives real help for real situations in life. We ought to be hunting the Scriptures every day for the guidance we need.
He has the ability to bring us “out of ourselves” and “redirect our gaze.”
So as one year draws to a close and another looms on the horizon, let all of those who call themselves followers of Christ run to the WONDERFUL COUNSELOR and become students under the watchful eye of a God who knows our situation, our needs, and how to bring us to glory.