But the Lord will guide and direct our general paths in life, and help us when we need to make important decisions. He will help us to avoid serious mistakes or error as we obey and depend upon Him (Rom 8:14).
The Bible teaches us how to specifically receive God’s direction in our lives: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil” (Prov 3:5-7).
- Trust in the Lord. This makes clear that we must first give our lives fully to God through Christ, and place our trust for salvation and life in the Lord alone.
- Lean not on your own understanding. We must recognize that man’s natural thoughts and ways are not the same as God’s (Isa 55:8,9). So we must depend upon God and His Word for the wisdom and direction we need to live each day.
- In all your ways acknowledge Him. Place your day before the Lord in prayer, and set your heart to obey His Word. “Acknowledging Him” means putting Him first in everything – doing His will and obeying His Word to the best of your ability, being swift to ask for forgiveness when you sin or fail.
- Do not be wise in your own eyes. No matter how long you have walked with God or been in ministry, do not be fooled into believing that you know the answer to all of today’s questions and problems. It is presumptuous to not pray, assuming you do not need God’s help. Invite God’s help into every part of your day.
- He shall direct your paths. This is God’s promise, and He will keep it! God is saying, “If you will acknowledge Me in all things, I will assist and guide you each day. You will know what to do; you will have what you need.”
But remember: We must take time each day to pray, to humbly ask the Lord for specific guidance; then trust in Him to faithfully direct us in all the details that will come our way.
D. OBEY INSTRUCTIONS
Jesus clearly tells us that our heavenly Father will supply our needs:
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them… Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field… will He not much more clothe you? …For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (read Matthew 6:25-33).
We are not to worry about what we will eat or wear. Just as our heavenly Father cares and provides for the birds and the flowers, even more does He care and provide for us.