Posted by: missionventureministries | January 10, 2016

WHERE GOD GUIDES, HE PROVIDES – Proverbs 2:5-6

3 Where God guides He provides

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If we exercise trust and acknowledge the Lord in every area of our lives, His promise is that He will guide us. 

To know God’s guidance, we must put aside our own will and seek the will of the Lord who has called us for His purpose. The basic principle in determining the will of God in any situation is to empty ourselves of our own will and to commit ourselves to seeking and obeying His will.  

If we claim to want to know God’s will, but we’re not willing to do it unless it agrees with our will, we’re kidding ourselves. In this case, all we really want is God’s approval of our plans. But we’ll never know God’s direction that way, because God reveals His will only to those who are committed to trust and obey Him. 

So often we don’t experience God’s guidance because we get so caught up doing our own thing that we fail to stop and ask God to reveal His will to us. Or we get into our established routine, and it takes a catastrophe for God to get our attention – so that He can reveal to us what He wants to do in our lives. Therefore, if you want God’s guidance, stop and ask Him for it, expect Him to give it, and wait and listen to what He will say. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.” (Psalm 32:8-9) 

We might ask ourselves what happens if God doesn’t say anything. The answer is that when we seek and expect God’s guidance, and remain submissive to God’s sovereign ways, He providentially orchestrates circumstances in such a way that give us clear confirmation of how we should proceed.

If we get to a door and it doesn’t open, maybe God is asking us to wait because He has some more work to do on us first. Or maybe He is turning us in another direction. We must not gaze so longingly on the door that is closed that we miss the one that is open. God will open the right door for us in His time. Our duty is to trust and obey.

How many times have we made decisions that we wish we had not made. While such experiences are not pleasant, the Lord does have important lessons to teach us if we submit to His sovereign ways. But if we think, “I’m going to take matters into my own hands,” we’ll only bring more pain and disappointments into our life.

To find God’s will we must walk in constant communion with the Lord, taking everything to Him in prayer. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). We need to realize that our steps are ordered by the Lord. When we walk with Him and are committed to His purpose, He will work in our life orchestrating everything for His honor and glory.  

If we trust in Him, the process becomes a beautiful blending of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty and of our obedient trust in Him.

Our heavenly Father wants the best for us. He has a perfect plan for our lives. The key to living out His plan and being in tune with His will, is not only believing in God, but obeying Him as well. We must have faith and obey because, “without faith it is impossible to please God(Hebrews 11:6).

Remember, where God guides, He provides.

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Responses

  1. Amen! ❤

  2. It was a big encouragement, and blessing to read this article for me. Thank you Yesus on that<3


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