A sign you can depend on

In the movie, the bride-to-be tries on an heirloom wedding dress. The sleeve rips. "It's a sign," the young woman says, upset. She wonders if her upcoming marriage is a mistake. In big decisions, like marriage, and in small, no one wants to make a mistake. But we'd probably like to feel guided by something more reliable than uncertain signs and superstition. Is there a dependable source of guidance? Or are we at the mercy of speculation and uncertainty?

We've probably felt at times in our hearts that what we're doing in some situation is right or wrong. A recurring theme of spiritual seers in the Bible is that God's Word, or law of good, is right within our hearts, or thought, as His offspring. As God commanded Moses to tell the children of Israel, "The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it" (Deut. 30:14). When we feel inwardly led into a course of action that will genuinely bless, or guided away from one that could harm, this is actually the divine law of good in action.

But what can we do if it seems we're just not getting any intuitions? God's Word isn't a material message to a material brain. God is Spirit, and His creation, including man, is wholly spiritual. His Word, therefore, is communicated and understood spiritually. And spiritual sense, the ability to perceive and understand God's Word, is completely natural to man as God's offspring. It has to be, since God created His children to know Him.

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Guided by an angel
February 12, 1996

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