The Ultimate Tour Guide

by Joanna Pierce on August 22, 2018

Several years ago, my husband and I took a vacation to Portland, Maine and the surrounding area. One day, traipsing through the town of Wiscasset, we found ourselves on a tour of a music box museum. We both were fascinated with the history of antique music boxes, transformation, ingenuity, and ornate beauty. Before we knew it, the two-hour tour was over, and we were that much more educated in the field of music box antiquity.

The experience would have been entirely different if we weren’t accompanied by a tour guide. My husband isn’t thrilled at wasting time staring into rooms of staged furniture and knick-knacks, and I can’t say I’m the same, especially on a trip. But, our tour guide uniquely shaped the experience from a potential dull one to a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Why was the tour agreeable (for all of you doubting that we could have fun in a music box museum)? Our tour guide was deeply knowledgeable on the subject at hand, directed our focus, and led us through the right rooms and down the right hallways to the most interesting music boxes. He proved his skill in education and entertainment time after time as our small group huddled closely around small (and large) music boxes and oohed and aahed over melodic songs.

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death (Psalms 48:14, KJV).

On our music box journey, we trusted a complete stranger as our guide and expected him to lead us until the tour was over. We counted on him to share his knowledge, tell the truth, and direct us safely through the house so we wouldn’t break anything. We felt safe in knowing we’d leave with the same amount in our bank accounts as before we stepped into the museum of priceless antiquities.

For some of us, it’s relatively easily to put complete trust in a stranger to guide us. But, when it comes to God, who formed us in the womb, and desires to be our guide, Him we question and don’t fully trust.

As the Psalmist writes, God is our God and has been from everlasting. As our Father, He desires to be our Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). He wants to establish our goings (Psalms 37:23), light the path in which we should walk (Psalms 119:105), and guide us into all truth (John 16:13).

He’s the One who knows all things (Romans 11:33–34). His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8–9). And, He’s the One who created us (Genesis 1:27)! Shouldn’t we seek Him to counsel us in everything we do in this life? Shouldn’t we trust Him to bring us through every trial? Shouldn’t we turn to Him when we need help instead of everything and everyone else?

God is intimately acquainted with us and knows our thoughts before we even think them. For a God who’s this close to us, we shouldn’t want anyone else to be our guide—for every second of the day until we leave this world. He’s promised to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)!

This life we’re living is a journey. There’s not one big roadmap or earthly tour guide who knows it all. No one can solely teach us what we need to know and help us make it through safely. We have to trust in and follow the ultimate Guide—Jesus Christ.

If you’ve found yourself a little lost today, it’s time to trust in Jesus. It’s time to commit your thoughts, your decisions, your actions, and your life to Him. With Jesus, He’s not willing to hold out for just a two-hour tour. When you ask God to be your Counselor, He’ll be yours for life. Will you let Him be your Guide today?