Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:6
When a pilot is landing a plane, he has an awesome responsibility. He has more to consider than landing smoothly. In those moments, he is responsible for the lives of all the people on that plane; He has to obey the instructions from the control tower, trusting that they have the full picture.
If it’s foggy & the pilot can’t see clearly, in addition to vocal instructions, there are lights along the runway to help guide him.
Sometimes making decisions in life can feel a bit like landing a plane in fog. We have to think of the consequences our decisions might hold for those travelling with us in life – my decisions and choices rarely effect only myself.
I hear people say “I’m praying about this”, or “seeking God about that” But what does that mean? How do we seek God about decisions & how do we know when He is leading us or it’s just our own desires?
In the next few blog posts I want to look at these “Runway Lights” that I have found helpful in my own decision making.
1. He speaks to you personally
2. He leads through Practical circumstances
3. He Leads & Confirms Through His Word
4. The counsel of Godly, mature Christian leaders
GOD SPEAKS TO YOU PERSONALLY:
If God is directing you to make life changes, He isn’t going to tell someone else to tell you. He will tell you personally.
In Acts 11 we see how God spoke to Peter about something life-changing, for Peter himself & for the church. Peter’s decisions that day were to have far reaching consequences.
God didn’t send someone else to tell Peter. He told Peter in person.
In Acts 11:7–9 Peter says “I heard a voice saying to me.’ In verse 10 he says “this happened 3 times” and then in verse 12 he says “the Spirit told me to go with them”
So many Christians struggle to believe that they can hear God’s voice. But if you are His sheep, then Jesus said you do know His voice. John 10:2,4,27
It may be that you just haven’t learned how to recognise His voice. Perhaps you haven’t spent a lot of time with Him and haven’t learned His ways.
My neighbour has sheep; They know his voice and his ways through daily contact with him. They know when he’s carrying food for them or when he’s just there to check on the pregnant ewes or a sick lamb; they never run from him – they trust him. They feel safe with him.
We can learn to know God’s voice better through daily contact with Him. The more time we spend in His company the more we will learn His ways, and trust Him.
You can trust God to lead you by His voice. He does, and will speak to you.
To read Part 2 click here 👉🏻 “God leads through Practical Circumstances”