Divine Guidance!

 

In last weeks blog we looked at the order of God and how we are to relate to that authority He has placed in our lives. This week we want to continue to expound upon that and also look at how we hear from God. I hope you enjoy this look at a classic teaching from 2002 entitled Divine Guidance.

One of the things we want to try to do in this teaching is to get you away from the fallacy of  seeking the spectacular and missing the supernatural. Truthfully, most of us are not going to hear audible voices, have visions, or see angelic manifestations. The majority of your life is going to be dictated by the Word of God as you pursue Christ-likeness. If you look through the scriptures you will see that the majority of God’s people were directed by spiritual authority and divine order more than they were some specific visitation. “Who is this spiritual authority?” As we saw last week, this designated authority comes through parents, husbands, and spiritual overseers. Most of us will be directed at different points in our lives by one of these methods.

The problem we run into is that most of us think we are Abraham. Most of us think we are Moses or Paul. Most of us think we are the ones who are directly going to hear from God. Don’t get me wrong. There are character traits in these men’s lives that we should emulate, but the fact of the matter is we most likely won’t hear from God like these guys did. ThethPA369MCN Israelites were led by the hand of Moses and Aaron (Psalm 77:20). Paul’s missionary team was assured of God’s will when God spoke to Paul, not to each one separately. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been spoken to through a fiery bush in my backyard or been blinded on my way home from work recently. How do you think all those people under these men were led? The same way we should be. By the authority God has placed in our lives.

Everybody wants to know what God is saying. What He is generally saying is, “Wives, submit to your husbands (Ephesians 5:22). Children obey your parents (Ephesians 6:1). Everybody, Obey those that have the rule over you (Hebrews 13:17).” What’s the first question that comes to our minds when we think about that? What if they’re wrong?! Well, unless thy are telling you to do something contrary to the Word of God my Bible says to obey. Trust God that He will work out the rest. Most of us don’t like to hear that. Most of us don’t like the fact that God can lead us through other people’s counsel. “I don’t need counsel! I need to hear from God!” Who do you think it is that’s speaking through your parents, your wife, or your pastors? Don’t despise the messengers God places in your life. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it?” That is why we need to verify what we’re “hearing from God” with the Word and with counselors.

thBCJNLSYTBrothers and sisters, we can’t bypass God’s obvious forms of guidance because of some specific thing you’ve found, loophole you’ve discovered, or doubt you may have. The moment you reject the general, revealed will of God you will be confused with the specific direction of God. The Word of God should be the first place we look for guidance and we’ve already seen the instructions it has given us on how we hear from God. Do not listen for “voices” until you know everything there is to know about what God has spoken in His Word! If you keep seeking a voice you will hear one, but it won’t be God’s. It will probably be your own voice and now you’ve become a candidate for deception.

As we close for today let me leave you with one last practical example. What if you asked your children to make their beds and instead of being obedient they told you they wanted to speak to God first and see if that was His will for them. They said thanks mom, I’ll take that under advisement. “Oh they’d be in trouble for sure! They can’t speak to me like that!!” Then why is it different when our spiritual overseers ask us to do something? We expect our kids to be obedient and to trust us, why shouldn’t those the Lord has placed over us be treated with the same respect. You see, it’s easy when you’re the one that’s in charge. When you’re the one that’s giving the orders. Friends, we need to trust God that He has placed us in the body as He sees fit (I Corinthians 12:18) and that those He has placed over us He is leading and directing. We don’t need to be anxious! We don’t need to be questioning! We just need to trust that He has everything under control and nothing in your life is happening that is not going according to His divine purpose.

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