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God Is a Goodly Guide

God Is a Goodly GuideABOUT THIS BOOK

A GUIDE TO TRUE GUIDANCE For readers who want to get the nub of the matter, who like their perspective without much trouble, and who want, if possible, to avoid a longish journey to reach their goal, these should turn immediately to page 66, and read 'A GUIDE TO GUIDANCE'. There, quite succinctly, the whole matter of this book is given in condensed form. In very few pages the substance of guidance can be grasped.

For those who wish to develop each element and detail we recommend the entire book. Strange as it may seem, there are few books written on guidance. This could be for many reasons. It could be that some believe guidance does not need to be discussed or techniques developed. One should know guidance quite simply. As the compiler of this book I completely agree. I have even dared to say that guidance is primarily just a hunch, but then that hunch is indispensable. Others may feel the book is not necessary because it is a meagre subject. This would seem to be borne out by the fact that in many books of the Christian life it is given only a chapter at most, and a paragraph minimally.

Writing this book, and having previously felt I knew the bulk-of what could be known about the subject, I was surprised to find how its theme runs through all Scripture. I have also discovered in talking to people that they have not thought of God as guiding, as perpetually revealing Himself, and of His concern for us that we should know what He has for us. This opens the wider subject of how people think about God, even Christians. Many still have a view of Him as remote, detached and not warmly related to us.

Others have simply not seen the need for guidance. They think that God has given us discernment and intelligence and we ought easily to know what to do, and where to go. Yet others cannot accept the idea that God would personally guide. They can easily believe that the Scriptures would guide us if we read them. What they find difficult to accept is that God's guidance is personal, intimate, and that it springs from a personal love for each one of us.

Perhaps the greatest mistake of all is to think we can know the way and then pursue it in our own powers, discovery and skill. This view forgets that 'the way of man is not in himself,' and that, 'It is not in man to direct his own footsteps.' Many fail to see, also, that evil powers are seeking to attract man along many paths, all of which will lead him to destruction. That statement may sound quite gloomy and overly severe but then it is true. When one sage said, 'The whole of man is to fear God and keep His commandments,' he was not merely a dull legalist. He had a brilliant view of both man and law, because of his basic revelation of God. God alone can lead a man into his wholeness.

Finally, the goal of guidance is thrilling. It is what man is all about—when it is rightly seen. For this reason, as the writer, I urge you to read this book. It is not merely a theme which has been—for the most part—neglected. It is a wide truth and a deep one. It links us up with the eternal purposes of God. It touches the widest perspective of man's existence. It brings us into fellowship with the Great and Good Shepherd who so graciously leads His people to true glory.

Geoffrey Bingham,

Coromandel, South Australia, June, 1981

Title: God Is a Goodly Guide

Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: Guidance (God's)

Book Code: 064

Pages: 81 pp, Book

Pub. Date: 1981

ISBN: 0 94985 174 4

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