Are you trying to navigate your way through difficult seas? Read Part 1 Here. Then come back to read part 2, Do You Need Divine Direction?
Find clarity and direction by using these promises to keep you safely in God’s channel.
1. We Need to Be Willing to Wait On the Lord to Instruct Us. When we pray and wait on Him, with confidence He will give us understanding of our situation. God sees the end from the beginning and knows all things, so He knows the path we are to take in order to get to the other side of our dilemma. We also need to be mindful that the way God will see us through is often not the same way we would take. Since His wisdom is infinite, it may be drastically different (Isaiah 55:8-9).
One of my favorite verses that I claim when I need direction is Psalm 32:8. “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” God offers to guide us with love and wisdom. Our job is to obey.
2. God Promises to Show Us How to Use What We’ve Learned From His Word to Put It Into Practice. The Bible is like medicine–it only works when we apply it to the affected areas.1 Psalm 119:125 speaks to that. “I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I may know your decrees.” The best way to know what we are to do in a difficult situation, in addition to prayer, is to read God’s Word. This is because He often will teach us in such a way that it will reveal the relevance of Scripture so we can apply it to our situation.
3. The Lord will Guide You as He Keeps You. Psalm 121: 5 says, “The Lord is your keeper; the lord is your shade at your right hand.” God tirelessly watches over those whose heart’s are His. Nothing can take His attention off of us and nothing will dissuade or prevent Him from keeping watch over us. In the same way, the Holy Spirit will guide our decisions by giving us spiritual promptings. But be careful, not all promptings are from God. Some can be from Satan or just from you. Also, avoid taking Scripture out of context to fit your need. The best way to know whether a prompting is from God or not is to test it against Scripture. Does it agree with Scripture? If so, claim that Scripture for your situation.
1 Bible note for Psalm 119:125, Life Application Bible (Iowa Falls, IA:, World Bible Publishers, Inc., 1989).