- Original Teaching: Divine Guidance
- Date: May 29, 2002
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all the ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy steps.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- By: Jason Felton
In the last few weeks we have seen who God uses to lead us and what the focus of our prayer lives should be. As we wrap up this series on divine guidance we want to take a look at how we can rest in the perfect will of God for our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps.” One of the first things we see here is that we need to trust the Lord in our daily lives. Many of us are so worried about specific situations, that it causes us anxiety instead of resting in the peace of God that He is ordering our steps. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6NKJV) The word of God tells us not to be anxious. Don’t be worried or fearful. If there is anxiety in your life then you have lost sight that the Lord is your shepherd. Rest in the fact that the Lord is divinely orchestrating every step of your life.
The next thing we see in Proverbs 3:5 (and this is one most of us really struggle with) is that we can’t lean on our own understanding. We need to realize that if we are going to walk in divine guidance, then we cannot approach God with any preconceived ideas. We can’t go into any situation with our minds made up. We can’t go into any situation thinking we have a right to know all the details or to know the plan from beginning to end. The moment we lean to our understanding we are not trusting in the Lord. “Well I’m sick, I’ve lost my job, my finances are a mess, I experienced a tragedy. This can’t be the will of God!” Maybe it is! Why is it every time we get under pressure we begin to pray whether this is where God wants us? Whether this is His will for our life? Yes, God is not the author of sickness, chaos, or confusion, but He does allow certain things to happen in our daily lives to cause us to become more like Him. God orchestrates your circumstances! Where you are at right now is His will for your life. Are you going to trust the Lord with all your heart, or are you going to lean on your own understanding of the situation?
Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart devises his way: but the Lord directs his steps.” That word direct means “to set right.” Not every step is going to be right (we are human after all), but God will set it right. Even if you get off course from time to time, God will be there to knock you back on track. Beloved, too many of us live in fear of making mistakes. Too many of us live in fear that we are going to miss the will of God. We need to live in confidence in the goodness of our heavenly Father and His desire to put us on course and work Christ-likeness in us. Look at the life of Jonah. He did everything wrong. God told him to go to Ninevah, but he went the complete opposite direction. He was directly opposing God’s will, and God still got him where He wanted him. God will interrupt your life for His specific purposes. That should give you confidence! He has a fish that’s just your size!
As we wind down this series we need to realize that this divine guidance we have been talking about has to be solely in the realm of faith. You’re not going to understand everything as you’re being led. Guidance doesn’t mean you know what’s going on. Guidance means you go and that you go in cheerful obedience. You’re probably not going to know the whole plan. In fact, if you do it’s probably yours! The Bible says His ways are unsearchable, who can know them! We need to trust in God and His Word! Have confidence and rest in the fact that if you are doing God’s Word and walking in His general revelation for your life then you are in His will. If you will be a man and woman that does the Word of God then He will direct your steps. So as we close for today, no matter where you are in your life (maybe you’re on the mountain top right now or maybe you are in what seems to be a never ending trial) God has you right where He wants you! He has a plan for your life! That plan is to everyday make you more like Him and to help you finish this race! What love! Let’s boast in the goodness of our heavenly father! He is worthy of our praise!!