Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

A radio commentator once titled his series: “The Rest of the Story.” Look at four Biblical examples of this principle.

God leads in our salvation. (John 6:37, 44) We often quote Jesus’ words “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” We forget that He added to that statement by saying “No man can come to me, except the Father… draw him.” God initiates the salvation experience.

God leads in our call to service. (Isaiah 6:8 & 9) We read of Isaiah’s magnificent vision of heaven, and God’s call for a messenger. Then Isaiah replied: “Here am I, Lord, send me.” Too often we forget what follows: “They will not listen to you.”  God calls us to faithful and obedient service, but does not guarantee our success.

God leads in our suffering. (Job 1:24) Faithful, righteous Job was subjected to incredible loss: all his earthly wealth was snatched away, along with his children. We often quote him as saying, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” We forget his memorable words “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” He was not being punished, but tested. We need to follow his example when we suffer.

God leads in our stumbling. (John 8:10 - 11) Most believers stumble into sin at some time, even grievous sin. Some justify their sin by Jesus’ words to the adulterous woman, “Neither do I condemn thee.” However, He added a stern warning – “Go, and sin no more!” We must not forget “the rest of the story.”

Dear Lord, thank you for leading us in our salvation, our service and our suffering. Help us not to presume on Your forgiveness. We ask this in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen

Rev. Paul Carlson