God’s Guidance for Our Lives

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
—Proverbs 3:5-6

The subject of guidance is one that troubles many people’s lives. We had a visiting youth minister named Cliff who said that he had dated a girl for a short time. One day she told him that the Lord had told her that they were supposed to get married.

“Isn’t that wonderful,” she said, “to have such marvelous guidance on such an important matter?” and Cliff replied that it was wonderful indeed, and just as soon as God told him, then he would call for a preacher. Alas, some people I fear are merely trying to feign some kind of an intimate relationship with God that they don’t really have, pretending that God is thus audibly speaking with them today.

That is generally not the way we get our guidance in this day in which we live. On the other hand, some people give little thought whatsoever to the matter of guidance at all. They seem not to seek God when it comes to things like where they will live, where they will work, where they will go to church, whom they will marry.

Some hymns teach us well about guidance, such as “He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought” or “If Thou But Suffer God To Guide Thee” (“If You Will Only Let God Guide You”). Guidance is not something that we experience merely in the great crises, the crossroads of life, but God says that He is guiding us all of the days of our lives. We are to trust Him and seek Him, and He promises to guide us.

Lord, give me strength for today to seek how I might serve You. Thank You that You do not play games with Your will—hiding it from those who truly desire to fulfill it in their lives. If there is anything holding me back from doing Your will, reveal it to me…