Christians today face many challenges, relying on God for Guidance is one of them. The problem is not praying or asking God for guidance. I believe people really pray. But there is a disconnection between their prayer and hearing from God. It could be as a result of a number of things. People pray but don’t expect answers. Some pray and don’t wait for God to answer. Then there are those who God is speaking to but can’t hear. And some God offers guidance but because He is leading them out of their comfort zone they don’t go. In the past, I fell in all of the above. So I know! You don’t ever want to find yourself relying on your own guidance. Why? Think about it this way, as an unbeliever, you led your life the entire time, look at your life now. Is it working out in your favor? Are you where you would like to be in life? Does it seem like you are heading in the right direction?
Last week during Bible study, my pastor, Pastor Festus Adeyeye of Abundant Life Christian Center shared a simple prayer he says to God. This prayer is to help with hearing from God. He said, “You are my father, anywhere you know I can hear you speak to me. You are the only one who knows how to get my attention.” Which is very true. Whatever channel God needs to use to speak to us, He can. God will only speak to us in the manner; He knows we can hear Him. What good is any instruction from God if He speaks to you in Spanish and you only understand English? God is not a God of confusion. He works in order.
You can easily recognize the voice of someone you communicate with often. Imagine you’re walking down the street and your mother or father calls out to you to get your attention. Wouldn’t you hear them and know it’s them? Well, what happens if its some long lost friend from elementary school trying to get your attention from across the street. Will you remember their voice? Will you recognize them? Of course not because you have not seen or spoken to the individual in ages. My point is if you are not in communication with God daily and building a genuine relationship with Him. When you randomly go to God for guidance on a particular situation chances are you might know He is speaking to you. You might not recognize He is speaking through your pastor or friend or in a random worship song. Or He is tugging on your heart telling you don’t go, don’t take it or wait on me. You’ll do it anyway.
My friends, it’s imperative to ask God for direction in life. You need to know where you are headed and where God desires to take you. God has a plan and purpose for your life. But you won’t get there on your own. You don’t want to find yourself in strange places you don’t belong. We always hear of people dying because they found themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time. Many people often find themselves in careers, marriages, friendships, etc. and they don’t belong there. They find themselves in trouble. God never gave them permission. God never told them “this is my will for you.” As a Christian, while you are here on earth you are to always find yourself at the right place at the right time. That’s what you call being in God’s will for your life.
Here are eight scriptures for relying on God for guidance.
- Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
- Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Psalm 31:3
- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
- Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it. Isaiah 30:21
- By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
- He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9
- Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalms 119:105
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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