Receiving God’s Direction

December 2019

Receiving God’s direction is one of the greatest tests of our faith. The big question that we face when seeking direction from God is, when do we know we have clear direction from God? Receiving God’s guidance, especially for major decisions in life, is not easy. Occasionally, there are times when God speaks to our hearts quickly, and we know clearly that we have heard from Him. But most of the time, it’s not that quick or easy.

So how will we know when we’re receiving God’s direction? The answer is His Word and His peace. When you consistently hear from God and you consistently have His peace about a certain direction, whatever it might be, then you are receiving guidance from God. The Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit that you are hearing from Him.

Isa. 55:12 promises, “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.” God’s peace is the inner calmness of spirit that comes from being in unity with God. His peace is when your spirit and the Holy Spirit are at complete unity about the guidance that you have been asking God for. His peace in your heart is often accompanied by joy and bold faith that comes from your quiet trust in God. You can pray about it, talk about it (use wisdom in whom you tell), and think about it, having God’s peace and confidence in your heart knowing that you have received God’s direction.

Often, where we fail in this is when we become impatient. We wait, wait, and wait some more. We hear the whisper of Satan, ourselves, or other people saying, “You’re wasting time. You’ve been waiting forever (the enemy always exaggerates). Do something now!” Because we don’t see, feel, or hear God moving on our behalf, we can often take matters into our own hands. But the Lord is looking for total dependency. That means trusting Him fully to do the right thing in the right way at the right time. His glory and our good is at stake. We have to become convinced that God always has our best interest in mind. Why? Because He is our Father who truly loves us. Some believers think, “Well, I’ll just take a step of faith now, do something, and ask God to bless my decision.” Believer, the Lord doesn’t work that way. Don’t take the lead, let the Holy Spirit take the lead. The worst decisions in life are the ones that we make quickly, without having clear direction from God first.

Isaiah 40:31 states, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” God promises us a renewed strength to keep on trusting Him when we wait on His direction. Whatever it is that you are seeking God’s wisdom, guidance, and direction for, know this today: the answer is on the way. David said in Psalm 27:13, “I had fainted (I would have lost hope), unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Do not lose hope, do not give up! Know that the answer is on the way.

I have learned in life that His answer may not be what we want in the moment, but it is what we need. Before God’s yes may come a thousand of His noes. Be willing and obedient to trust God like Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

After hearing clearly from God, remember Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

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