Sunday, September 12, 2004

Thoughts on God's Guidance

How does God guide people? Does he speak to people today?

Here are some verses from the bible about God guiding:
God promises to guide those who love him
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 58:6-14
… Let the oppressed go free ... share your bread with the hungry … bring the homeless poor into your house …Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer … (he) will guide you continually.

What must I do to know that God is guiding?
1.God’s sovereignty over his creation works for the good of those who put their trust in him.
But it works against those who refuse to follow in his ways.
2. In all we do, we must seek to be guided by God. But mostly his guidance will be behind the scenes.
3. When we have choices to make, we must obey his clear instructions, or seek wisdom in making non-moral choices.
4. We do not need to make fleeces or look for signs to be in step with God's will.
5. When I make a choice selfishly or foolishly, I may have to face the consequences. But God is still in control of my life! There is no Plan B [or Plan Z]