Divine guidance is what gives direction in life. Without it, you will move in the wrong direction. That is why you must desire and search for it diligently. If you want to be guided, you have to ask God for it and also play your own part in order to be led. An adage says that someone who asks for the way to take will never miss his or her road. You must first ask for the way. God is omniscient and therefore knows all about you and your future. He is ready and willing to direct you when you ask. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
The person who desires God’s guidance must play his own part. He must realise the need for it and then ask for it. There is always evidence of positive changes in a man’s life when God guides him. Guidance is like a gift He has already prepared for His children and waiting for them to ask for it.
As we go through life, we discover that we are faced with various decisions and choices to make regarding various aspects of our lives. It could be marriage, employment, changing locations, travelling, retiring from a job and so on. Some of these decisions may have far-reaching consequences that could affect our future. For such decisions, people often go to their trusted friends, parents and spiritual leaders to seek advice.
It is good to seek advice from people. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” But in a bid to receive counsel, some people consult false prophets to foretell their future for them. Some join cults and other secret societies in order to acquire wealth.
God is omniscient and is your Creator who knows all about you from your beginning to the end. Isaiah 46:10 says, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” He knows the plans He has already concluded for you. He knows the steps you should take to fulfill your destiny. He has promised to guide and direct you in the right path of life to follow. Isaiah 48:17 says, “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way thou shouldesth go.”
In 2004 I needed God’s guidance to know the direction I should go in my career, and in searching the Bible, I came across this Scripture which gave me a direction that changed my life. I meditated on it using the New Living Translation (NLT) which says, “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8).
I immediately claimed the promises in that verse and believed them. As a memorial, the first book I wrote in 2004, I coined the title from this verse and captioned it, “Your Best Pathway for Life.” I claimed that promise and successfully applied it to my life. This is my nineteenth book with the word “Life” or “Living” as part of the title of each.
Jeremiah 29:11 makes it very clear that the plan God has already made for His children are for good. Of course, if an earthly father cannot make a bad plan for his children, how can a loving heavenly Father not plan well for His children?
I believe God is not pleased with anyone who does not ask for what belongs to him. The purpose of divine gifts is to give them to people for use. The gifts are not for God (the Owner) to use but His children. God is not pleased to see His children going in the wrong direction because such direction may be frustrating and dangerous. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
The way of sin and wickedness promises only carnal pleasure. It is a broad road and is pleasant and seems right and often many follow it but it leads to destruction. It only appears to be the right way but it is not. Appearance can be deceitful.
It is obvious that God’s way is the best way. His direction is the best direction. Other ways and directions can only be second best. We must covet God’s guidance in all situations.