"Clear Direction" - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Dianne Prince
“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
When you are wrestling with a problem, the most obvious answer may not be the best answer. It may not be the most prudent answer. It may be an answer that causes you problems down the road. Along the same lines, the most logical answer to a problem may not be what’s best for you. The easiest way out of a problem may not be the best solution. Things are not always as they appear. And, people are not always who they portray to be. Thus, always ask God the best course of action and trust His Word to guide you. Trust God to lead you and He will clearly speak to you.
When faced with a dilemma, trust God. He will guide you continually. How do I know? Isaiah 58:11 promises, “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” The problem is not with his guiding. The problem comes from us not being able to hear His voice when He speaks to us on which road to take.
God is always guiding. However, sometimes His voice gets lost in the “noise” that clutters our minds and our spirits—doubt, fear, worry, and our focus on the tangible, the agenda for the day, and concern about what might happen. Trust God to tell you what to do.
When the children of Israel were released from Egypt by Pharaoh, the Bible says, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, although that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Instead, God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. Although they were faced with an obstacle by taking this route, God made provisions for them to safely cross over to the other side. Was there anxiety in the process? Yes. Was there concern of being destroyed by the Egyptians? Yes, “but” God… God miraculously led His children. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22)
God's guidance is not contingent upon you making decisions based on what you see, what you feel, what your circumstances dictate as the best course of action, what worked for your friend; nor, is it contingent upon what worked for you in the past. Guidance from God is dependent upon your willingness to surrender your decisions to the direction in His Word, to have whole-hearted faith in the path His Word tells you to take, and to blindly put His Word into action. God's guidance comes as you willingly follow His leading. He may lead you to the Red Sea. But He will also part the waters so you can safely cross over to the other side and at the same time you are crossing over, He will destroy your enemies.
How do you make sure God leads you in every aspect of your life? Lean on the command from Proverbs 3:5-6, “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.” Surrender your decisions to God. He will give you clear direction. And, He will perform miracles on your behalf to remove obstacles you face along the way as you follow Him.
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