God leads us and guides us into His perfect will and plan for our life.
You, in Your great compassion,
Did not forsake them in the wilderness;
The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,
To guide them on their way,
Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.
That would be cool if God would lead me that way now. That would be pretty decisive and hard to miss for sure.
Psalms 31:3 For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
Psalms 48:14 He will guide us until death.
Psalms 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
Psalms 27:11Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
There are numerous ways God guides us, and the wise person will learn what those are. Key for us is to have an attitude of submission to God’s will, be paying attention, looking and listening as He leads, and then be decisive in obeying.
There are three basic areas that I pay attention to as I work at figuring out God’s will for me.
The first is His Word. I read 12 to 14 chapters everyday, I memorize two new verses each week and review all 700 that I have already memorized each week, and I study books, topics and themes in order to teach. As I spend time in the Bible I learn principles and I gain wisdom so I can make good decisions and choices based on that wisdom.
Second, I pay attention to the desires that grow inside of my mind and heart. I believe that God puts His will in me and it comes out in the form of a strong desire or dream. I am careful not to get carried away on this one because I know that I can have very carnal desires at times. Most of my goals come from the desires that I identify in me that I believe God put in me.
Third, I pay attention to circumstantial clues that God brings into my life. Opportunities, open doors, people, words that people say, events that pop into my life, and counsel that I get from people both solicited and unsolicited. It is like being a good detective paying attention to small things that happen. Again, I am careful because ai know that the devil can control events in my life.
One of my strengths is decisiveness. I make decisions quickly once I am convinced it is God’s will for me, for my family, or for our church. If I mull things over to long I almost always get hesitant as the fear of making a wrong turn in life begins to paralyze me.