“The Christopher Columbus Award: This award goes to those who, like good old Chris, when they set out to do something, don’t know where they are going; neither do they know how to get there. When they arrive, they don’t know where they are, and when they return, they don’t know where they’ve been.” (Jim Berg)
But I don’t believe that God wants us to live bewildered and confused, struggling through every decision. The book of Psalms suggests otherwise:
“Make me 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.” (Psalm 24:4-5)
“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (Psalm27:14)
“Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. It seems that he is not in such a hurry as we are, and it’s not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.
So be confident in the plan of God for your life, even when He refuses to let you in on the details.
Guidance, like all God’s acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored.
This is God’s promise; this is how good he is.
But don’t ask for directions if you’re not going to start the car.
And does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
The good news is that God wants to give wisdom to you. He is eager to do so! Just like it pleased God when Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:7-14), it pleases God when we ask for wisdom. It’s God’s nature to give. He is a giving God.
And James 1:5 says three things about how God gives wisdom. He does so:
- Continually. “Ask God who gives …” In Greek this is in the continuous tense. He keeps on giving. He doesn’t run out of energy. He never wears out.
- Generously. God’s resources are unlimited. He has enough resources for everyone. He’s got plenty of wisdom to go around.
- Cheerfully. James says God gives “without finding fault.” God loves to give. It’s in his nature to give! Don’t get embarrassed to ask.
Where do you need wisdom? Do you have a big decision coming with your career, your marriage, or your kids? If you want wisdom from God, you’ve got to ask! If you ask, he’ll give it.
And ponder this: How will believing this change the way you make future decisions?
I can’t determine the order of events. But I can trust God to guide my footsteps.
So no matter the circumstances, just go forward with faith and prayer, calling on the Lord. You may not receive any direct revelation. But you will discover, as the years pass, that there has been a subtle guiding of your footsteps in paths of progress and great purpose.
And looking back, you’ll see the trail,clear and obvious and well-posted.
The bottom line is that when God becomes part of your life, there’s an opportunity for you to experience love, support and guidance in a compelling new way. The extent to which that love, support, and guidance manifests in your life is directly related to level of connectivity you foster with God throughout your time together.
And friendship has no restrictions, no rules and regulation; only the guidelines of an open heart.