Would you like God to provide clear and obvious direction in your life? He will direct your paths if you let Him.
Proverbs 3:5–6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.”
He shall direct thy paths. What a promise! Oh, how we need God’s direction in our lives! What if you had direct access to God in order to get His input on life’s decision? You do!
Life confronts us with hundreds of decisions every day. Some are mundane and seemingly unimportant while others are clearly life altering. The “big” decisions don’t cause me too much worry. I know that if I seek God’s direction with a yielded heart, He will guide me. The decisions that concern me are the ones that appear small on the surface but are going to set in motion a life altering chain of events.
I’m sure that most people reading this today have situations that require a decision, but are unsure how to proceed. We have all experienced the paralyzing fear of not knowing what to do about an important matter. What if you could ask God what to do and get a direct and clear answer? Wouldn’t that change your life and give you a sense of confidence and security regarding your future?
God wants to guide us. He desires to help us navigate the dangerous waters of life. Unfortunately, our sinful hearts must be prepared for the answer. The Scripture gives us three prerequisites to God’s direction. If we do these three things, God declares that He will direct our paths.
1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
God created us to be creatures of faith. Humans make many faith-based decisions each day. Furthermore, each life is built on a foundation of believed principles and philosophies. It is easy to begin trusting in things we can see and feel more than our God. The Bible commands us to walk by faith and not by sight. Why? Because we tend to walk by sight! Many Christians today are relying far too heavily on things such as:
Job Reputation Family Money Experience Earthly Wisdom
Government Friends Possessions Experts Luck Abilities
Our trust must be in the Lord! He is our Creator, Father, Protector, and Provider. We must condition ourselves to see Him through the fog of life. His Truth and Light will guide us. He will never let us down.
We must trust God completely. This means a complete childlike faith. Adults try to figure everything out. In contrast, children trust what their parents tell them. We must bring our thoughts, emotions, and will into submission and obedience to God’s Word and Will. The same simple faith that saves us is sufficient to guide us. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart!
2. Lean Not unto thine own understanding.
We must learn to trust God in spite of our limited knowledge and comprehension. We tend to rely on our understanding of a situation rather than simple trust in our Guide. How will things work out? What will happen along the way? How much will this cost me? What will other people think?
Often, God will give us enough direction to take the next step without a lot of other explanation. He wants us to walk by faith. Don’t expect a play by play plan of the next five years before you choose to obey. If you only follow God when you understand, you won’t follow Him very far. Decide now to take the next step of God’s direction in every area of life. Trust Him with the circumstances that follow.
God wants to work miracles in your life. He wants to do amazing things in unconventional ways so that He gets the glory. This means that God will ask you to do things that don’t make sense at times. I’m not talking about making foolish decisions against Biblical Principles of wisdom. I’m saying that God will take you to the deep end of the pool when you may be more comfortable in the shallow end. But the deep end of the pool is where the action is happening. Trust Him! Stop allowing your doubt to override what you know God wants you to do. You will never walk on water if you don’t get out of the boat!
3. In all thy ways acknowledge Him.
The word “acknowledge” in this verse means “to pay special regard.” What God thinks is more important than what everyone else thinks. Seek God’s direction in every area of life. Put Him first. Seek a Bible verse or principle for your decisions. God won’t lead you to violate His Word. Get wise counsel from Godly leaders in your life. Ask the Holy Ghost to direct you as you yield to Him many times a day. Don’t spend your life making most decisions without God’s aid only to seek His opinion on the “big” decisions. Get in the habit of seeking God’s face in everything. Then you will have no trouble receiving His direction at the crucial times of decision.
Don’t worry over decisions. Realize that decisions are not yours to make. God already has a path laid out for you. Your focus should be to remove the obstacles in your own heart so that you can accept God’s clear direction. He will guide you. You will follow. He will be glorified. You will be blessed!