Guided by God

cliff-97150_640Proverbs 11:14: Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. (ESV)

The word of God is our source of guidance. The bible is written by about 40 authors with the central theme being the supremacy of God and how that should dictate all our activities.

God determines what is right and wrong, wise or foolish, good or bad. The bible condemns those who call good bad and bad good (Isaiah 5:20).

The Word shows us the way, gives us right perspective of the world around us: physical, spiritual, angels, creation, history of God’s dealing with man, what is important or not.

There we learn that what is held in high esteem by men is abomination to God (Luke 16:15) and the wisdom of men is foolishness to God (1Corinthians 3:19).

Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit as our guide, by his divine presence in us, we get to know the right thing to do, the right place to go, the right words to say.

He said to the disciples that when they are arrested and made to face panels because of their devotion to Christ, they should not worry about what to say because at that time, the right words will come from their mouth inspired by the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:11-12).

We need to pray for guidance, because we would not have access to it without humility. And prayer shows humility. It is an expression of neediness, openness to receive from God.

When we pray: “you kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we express willingness to do the will of God here on earth (Matthew 6:9-10).

It was after a time of prayer that Peter was guided by God to take the right step to preach to the house of Cornelius opening a new vista to Christendom in his time (Acts 10).  It is written: as many as are led by the Holy Spirit they are the sons of God (Romans 8:14).

The shape of your life is determined by how committed you are to be guided by God. The life of both king Saul and King David were shaped by how committed they were to be guided by God. While Saul rejected divine guidance, David other actively sought it, and then landed in different destinations.

Guidance can come in the form of rebuke, a check against going in the wrong direction. Not taking heed to divine warning leads to dire consequences.

King Ahab was warned against going for a battle that was going to end his life, he went anyway and that was what happened (1Kings 22:1-38).

Another king of Israel, through the prophetic ministry of Elisha, was warned regularly about the plans of the enemy against him, and he took the necessary steps to escape different traps to the amazement of the enemy (2Kings 6:1-23). He was guided supernaturally, saving his own neck and the nation he leads.

God’s guidance is the light shining along our path. In the book of psalms we read: your word is a lamp to my path and a light to my feet (Psalm 119:105).

When we do not know what to do, we can call upon God for guidance. He said we should call upon him and he will answer us (Jeremiah 33:3). God guides us in the path of blessing. With the bible saying that the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18).

The bible says God delights in the prosperity of his servants (Psalm 35:27); that means he guides us in that direction. He is the one who gives us the power to get wealth, so that he might confirm his covenant (Deuteronomy 8:18). He guides us for his own sake, he leads us in the path of righteousness for his name sake.

God leads us to himself, to rediscover him, a journey back to the Garden of Eden, where the presence, provision and power of God are pervasive. It was the place of the work of God, of his pleasure and purpose.

David said God taught his hand to war (Psalm 18). He was trained to be effective in battle. Similarly, we need to be aware of the training intention of God for us. As he takes us through different life experiences it is to make us into the image he holds of us.

He took Jeremiah to the house of a potter, where he observed his work on a lump of clay in the process of forming a vessel from it.

That is what God is doing with you. He is shaping you into the right vessel of glory. Though sometimes we have the feeling of being destroyed, as the potter Jeremiah visited broke down what he built first. But at the end it will all be for good.

David wrote that God leads him in the path of righteousness for his name sake (Psalm 23). He leads us to become like him, he leads us to his presence. He leads us in his purpose for us.

Paul wrote that we are God’s workmanship prepared for good works for which we are to walk in (Ephesians 2:10). God preparing you today is because of the purpose you are meant to fulfil tomorrow.

Paul described himself as one separated from his mother’s womb to the gospel of Jesus. He could trace how his whole life was pointing to his purpose as an apostle.

Jeremiah was told by God: before you were formed in your mother’s womb I knew you and set you apart, made you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:1-5). The process of preparation began from the days you were born. You are not a mistake, you are an arrow, sharpened and housed in the presence of God to strike his enemies in the heart.

In the process of preparation, we grow in wisdom and favour with God and man (Luke 2:52). Favour is about how much influence we have with men, and wisdom about how much we have allowed God to influence us.

God leads us in the path of righteousness. Therefore the primary way through which we know if the path we are on is God’s is that it is marked increase in righteousness in our life.

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