God’s Will and Guidance
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
107 I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! —Psalm 119:105-107
How can you know God’s will? How can you get on the right path and stay on it? There is a lot of confusion about this. Here are three absolutely guaranteed, you-will-be-on-the-right-path guidelines you can follow. God wants His will to light up your life every day.
First, God’s will is found in God's Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God's Word lights our paths. It shows the direction you should go.
When you are not sure, and feel like you’re in a really dark place, turn on the light of God’s Word! Pick it up and open it. Make this a daily practice so you’re not just randomly reading, but begin to know where the answers are. Keep a list of particular passages that have given you direction. God’s Word will help you see where your feet are standing and where you are headed—the path in front of you.
Here’s the second thing. Once you are usingGod's Word regularly, you canfind further light on God’s will through godly counsel. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” A lot of people say, I don’t want to ask anybody what they think. I know what I want to do. If I ask somebody for advice, they might tell me my plan is a bad idea! The Bible says a foolish person doesn’t get the counsel of others before they make an important decision. Don’t be indecisive, but do seek the wise input of people who have proven to be trustworthy.
Third, the Spirit of God leads us. Philippians 2:13 says, “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” I know a lot of people who want the Holy Spirit’s guidance, but they don’t want counsel or the Word. Yet these are the tools the Spirit of God uses to guide you. If you don’t fill up on the Word and counsel, you’re not giving the Spirit very much to work with. You’re left with only a subjective sense of God-told-me-to-do-this nonsense! God is not going to tell you to do something contrary to His Word and contrary to the godly counsel of others. If you insist on going with what you’ve decided against God’s Word and sound advice, the results will be entirely your own fault.
If you get these three things together you will have a powerful decision-making combination. “I’ve been in the Word and I’m getting counsel from wise, godly people. The Spirit Himself is bearing witness with my spirit” (see Romans 8:16). Start with God’s Word and include wise counsel and reliance on God’s Spirit and you will be able to say from your heart, “He guides me.” When life is difficult, you want to know you have sought God’s guidance all along the way.
Lord, Your Word instructs me, Your Son directs me, and Your Spirit urges me to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.” Help me to remember that living by Your will and for Your glory is more important than knowing Your direction. I want to do Your will even when I don’t realize how what is happening fits into Your direction. Lord, I give my life to be a progressively more authentic version of “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In Jesus’ name, amen.