"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."
For me, this is one of the most comforting verses in the book of Psalms. As a teacher, my job is to instruct my students and to help them understand the information that is to be covered in the course. If they have questions, I am the person to ask. If something in their textbook is confusing, my job is to bring clarification. I'm to guide them gently through the information, facilitating their learning, and showing them what they need to pay attention to and pitfalls they need to avoid. I can't do this effectively without communicating with them and having an understanding of their problem.
When a student is confused or has a particular question, the best way I can help him or her sometimes is one-on-one. There are days when I address the whole group, but when a student has a question that is specific to his or her paper, he or she needs to talk to me directly. We will look over the paper together and plan out how the student needs to proceed. Group instruction is no longer enough: the individual matter demands my individual attention.
The beautiful thing about the Lord is that He treats all of us on a one-on-one basis. While we have corporate instructions as His Church to reach the world, His relationship with each of us is not dependent on a group setting. The Word of God speaks of His intimate knowledge of us as individuals. In Matthew 10:30, Jesus told His disciples that the very hairs on their head were numbered. In Isaiah 44:2, Isaiah prophesied that the Lord formed us in our mothers' wombs. Countless other Scriptures remind us that God has plans for each of us, and they speak of His loving care toward His creation.
We can find comfort in His love and intimate knowledge in the times when we don't see answers that are immediately clear, times when we feel like our life's compass is spinning out of control. God is the Greatest Teacher, and He promises not just to give us directions, but to guide us personally, with His watchful eye on us.
We may not know all of the answers on our own, but Jesus has promised to instruct, teach and counsel us: to serve as our Great Guide on this journey of life. With this confidence, we can learn to trust Him more than we trust ourselves—and we will find we are stronger for it!
Thank You for Your care for me, that it isn’t lacking in any way. Help me to turn to you in times of discouragement or worry; establish my thoughts in Your word. In Jesus’s name, amen.