Dear brothers and sisters,
Although the Lord does not live in the realm of time, because He loves us and He knows we live in time, He does guide us according to our calendar. He is very much interested and committed to guiding us step by step, day by day, otherwise He would not have written it down in these and more Scriptures that we shared last Sunday:
Ps 23:2-3 He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness.
Ps 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
Ps 48:14 For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.
Ps 73:24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Isa 42:16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.
Isa 48:17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Meditating and confessing such Scriptures will give you a strong confidence in the Lord’s guidance and you won’t ever have to say you don’t know what to do about anything. Instead you would say, “I will know exactly what to do. The Lord instructs me and teaches me in the way I should go. My steps are ordered of the Lord. He guides me with His counsel.”
Now, some people try to be too sensational with this, acting as though God has to show them every detail of their lives like: Should I buy Spinach or Sukuma today, if you ask Him He’ll probably ask you what you’re hungry for. He expects us to use our brains. On the other hand He does want to be involved in our lives and He does want to guide us.
There are several ways that the Lord guides. He guides us in both general things and specific things. There is a difference between the general and the specific – like going to a specific place or talking to a specific person. The best way to know the voice of God in specific areas is to come to know Him in general areas (in His Word) because the same Spirit that would lead you in a specific manner is first and foremost the One who authored the Word of God in the Bible. When you’re used to listening to God in His Word, you already know the voice of the Spirit.
The Word and the Spirit agree and so God first of all wants to guide you generally through the Bible. Many times you’ll find the answer to your guidance through the Bible and you
really don’t need to pray about things that God already told
you to do, in His Word. For example: You don’t need to pray
about whether to forgive someone or not, you don’t need to
pray about whether you should attend church services
regularly or not, you don’t need to pray asking whether you
should show kindness to someone or not.
Another way the Lord will guide you is through integrity. The Bible says in Prov. 11:3 “The integrity of the upright will guide them.” I heard of a young man who said that he
prayed and God told him not to pay his debt to a friend.
His friend was frustrated at how God could tell the guy
not to pay him back. I don’t think most people in Kenya
could be that stupid. God expects us to use good judgment
in the area of guidance.
Till the next bulletin, get wisdom for your future.