Most of us desire God’s directions upon our lives. Life is a series of decisions that we face almost on a daily basis. If we rely on our human impulses and feelings, or the advice of people around us, we will usually take the wrong path. Many Christians have taken Proverbs 3:5-6 as a method of seeking God’s directions — “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 they paths.” The Lord promises if you follow these instructions, He shall direct your paths.”
If you settle in your heart you want this direction, and nothing or no one should move you away from His will. Your goals, your priorities, your purpose and your decisions will be led by the Lord. We should say as they Lord Jesus, “Not my will, but yours, be done,” (Luke 22:42). In His will, you will find a life of joy whatever the circumstance, and deep satisfaction. Then when you come toward the end of your life, you can say with the Apostle Paul, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, His righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing,” (2 Timothy 4:6-8).
We do not just drift through life. God tells us He will direct us: He will direct our steps (Proverbs 16:9), He will guide us with His eyes (Psalm 32:8), He will teach us the way (25:8), He will speak words of guidance to our hearts (Isaiah 30:21) and many more in the Bible.
Let me encourage you not to choose what is second best, but to let God lead you to the best. Let Him have control. Be still and listen to Him. A deep joy and peace will fill your soul.
Dr. David Bouler of Global Faith Ministries, Chattanooga, Tennessee, contributed this column to the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.