Our Bible verse for today: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Trust Him to guide you.”
Attempting to seek guidance from God about anything is often a confusing and anxiety-inducing time for many people, but it shouldn’t be. As I’ve explained several times throughout the course of our study this month, God wants to be understood by His people so He can then be obeyed. It would be unfair on God’s part if He expected to be obeyed but then didn’t make Himself clear about what He wanted us to do.
As we complete our study of seeking God’s guidance, I want to conclude by reviewing a couple of key points. First, I’ve decided to use Proverbs 3:5-6 as our Bible verse for today even though it’s already been used once this month. I’m doing that because it teaches such an important truth. When seeking guidance from God you must trust Him. Then make sure that to the best of your ability you are seeking His will and not your own. If you are doing that, you can be sure He will guide you as necessary. Even if you don’t receive specific step-by-step instructions, you can go forward in confidence that since your heart is right and you are sincerely seeking His will, He will guide you.
That then brings us to the second important point we need to remember. Many times God doesn’t give us specific instructions. Instead, more often, He simply gives us Biblical boundaries within which we are to stay. It is then up to us to use our spiritually mature good judgment, make our best decision, and get on with life. In most cases there are multiple potential choices we could make that would be just fine with God, as long as we stay within the boundaries.
The story Dallas Willard used to tell about guiding his children when they were young is a helpful illustration of this point. Dallas would often send the children out to play in the fenced backyard. Once they were in the backyard they were free to swing on the swings, play in the sandbox, sit under a tree and read a book, or any number of other activities they might choose, as long as they behaved themselves and stayed within the boundaries of the backyard. Dallas didn’t feel as if he needed to give them specific guidance regarding particular activities, as long as they were being obedient to the general rules of good behavior and they were staying within the established boundaries of the backyard they were free to make their own choices.
The same is often true for us with respect to how God is guiding us. As long as you behave yourself and stay within the boundaries you can make your own choices. So, don’t fret about it and don’t get bogged down in indecision which prevents you from doing anything. Pray, sincerely seek God’s will and not your own, give God plenty of opportunity to speak to you if He wants to, but then make a decision and get on with life.