As Christians we can obsess in “knowing God’s will” in the specifics of our lives. For that we often seek His guidance. I am not saying that is wrong but sometimes we miss where His Word actually says He will guide us:
in His truth (Ps. 25:5)
in what is right (Ps. 25:9)
Turning to Him first for guidance only makes sense because He will not only lead us in what is good but also to what is best. As God, He qualifies like none other for determining what that path should be.
Do you need guidance? Get to know Him better because He is righteous, true, always right. Line up with Him and His ways. Cooperate with Him and you can’t go wrong in life.
Perhaps we don’t always turn to Him first because we don’t always want to take the high road in certain situations. We don’t always want to acknowledge the truth of a situation because we want to be right.
Sometimes we can get hung up in what “I” am supposed to do, in finding “my” purpose in life so “I” can live a better life. Again, I am not saying that is terrible but let’s not miss the reasons His Word gives for His guidance in our lives.
- He’s the One to Whom Belongs All the Glory (for His name’s sake – Ps. 23:3; 31:3)
- He’s the Deliverer to Whom We Belong (for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long – Ps. 25:5)
- He’s the Protector Who Looks After Our Good (since you are my rock and my fortress – Ps. 31:3)
- He’s the Eternal One Who Knows the Beginning from the End (For this God is our God for ever and ever – Ps. 48:14)
Do you need guidance? Seek Him first. Make Him, not your accomplishments, career, or even ministry, the priority. Do what you do in His name, under His banner, and you can’t go wrong.
Perhaps we don’t always turn to Him first because somehow we feel He is going to make us do something we don’t want to do. Somehow we think we’d be better off doing life our way.
You may at times find yourself insisting on some kind of fleece, a tangible demonstration that you can see or feel in order to know something is of God. Once again, I cannot dismiss this pursuit as we find people in the Bible doing the same and God responding. Yet, I also hear the disappointment in Jesus’ words in John 4:48 — “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, … you will never believe.” And I read of how much better it is to believe without God having to prove Himself in Jesus’ words to the disciples in John 20:29 — “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
And, we are not alone in trying to figure out God’s will. He gave us the Holy Spirit, who knows the thoughts of God (1 Cor. 2:11), to live within us. — “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (Jn. 16:13) — “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)
Do you need guidance? Learn to walk in the Spirit. Step out in faith as you submit to Him.
Perhaps we don’t always turn to God first because we have sin, fear, or doubts looming in our lives that we are not willing to let go of. If we yield to the Spirit, we will have no choice but to let go of that which holds us back.
Let’s get real. Turning to God first only makes sense.
He is the Almighty, Infinite, Holy God of whom there is no greater or better. (Otherwise, He isn’t God!)
We, and all the people we know, are impotent, finite, sinful human beings. (We are not God!)