Nothing is so terrifying as the unknown; not knowing if I'm here as God desired, or out of the sheer wantonness of my own stubborn will. And how I long to hear the reassuring voice of God saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it." Isa 30: 21.
We must learn to hear the voice of God through his Word; His Word, which is to be more treasured "than my necessary food." It's no wonder Jesus would in His perennial struggle with the devil in the wilderness utter these words, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matt 4: 4
Once we trust the Word of God, it becomes to us, "A lamp to (our) feet and a light to (our) path." Ps 119: 105. And with this "more sure word of prophecy," (2 Pet. 1: 19) we don't have to rely on physically seeing or hearing God to know He is there; we just know. He who promised is faithful (Heb 10:23) and He says, "Lo I'm with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matt 28: 20.
With the assurance of our Lord's presence with us, we know "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Rom 8: 28.
Here's an old standard that beautifully captures the essence of the assurance here spoken of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWLm3asMiGo.
This reading is based on Job 23. To read and/or listen to Job 23, and to read other related blogs please go here.