From Guesswork to Guidance
You can know God’s will for your life. He promises, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.’ His Word says, ‘In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths’ (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV).
God wants you to move from guesswork to guidance, but getting there requires four things:
1) Knowing that God’s will begins with surrendering your will. Jesus said, ‘I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me’ (John 5:30 NAS). You only recognize God’s will as you learn to lay aside your own will, and that gets easier with practice.
2) Keeping a spiritual mindset. It’s not possible to sense God’s will while you’re controlled by self-interest. ‘The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so’ (Romans 8:7 NIV).
3) Praying for God’s guidance. David prayed, ‘Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me…’ (Psalms 143:10 NIV). James also encourages us: ‘If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking’ (James 1:5 NLT).
4) Reading God’s Word with a heart that’s open to hear from Him. ‘By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path…’ (Psalms 119:105 TM). Daily exposure to the Word of God will help you recognize His voice when He speaks to you. ‘…the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice’ (John 10:4 NKJV).
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go…’ Psalms 32:8 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 27:4, 7-9, 11, 13-14; Micah. 7:7; Lamentations 3:25
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord & to inquire in his temple. Hear, o Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me & answer me! You have said, “Seek my face!” my heart says to you, “your face, Lord, do I seek!” hide not your face from me! Teach me your way, o Lord, & lead me on a level path! I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, & let your heart take courage as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation! The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks Him.