“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
God promises to instruct, teach, and guide us in the way we should live. God constantly gives us counsel about how we are to live and conduct our lives. God is a constant compass and guide for his disciples.
If God is constantly giving us guidance, why are so many Christians lost when it comes to what God would have us to do and how we ought to live our lives in particular situations?
That is a fantastic question and observation. To answer that question we need to ask, “How does God instruct and guide us?”
The primary way God instructs and guides is through God’s word. The scriptures lay the foundation for the way we should live our lives.
If you are waiting for God to whisper, nudge, or give you a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct you in the way you should you go, you are setting yourself up for failure and heartache. It’s not that God cannot whisper, nudge, or give us a feeling or sensation to guide and instruct. It’s just that the devil has access to all these as well. So how can you tell if a whisper, nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or the devil or a bad pepperoni pizza? You have to gauge it against God’s word. God’s word is the standard to gauge whether a whisper, a nudge, a feeling, or sensation is from God or not.
The key to understanding God’s will is God’s word. It is impossible to live a Godly life apart from God’s word. When you don’t know God’s word, you cannot understand God’s will.
So, what happens if you are not a student of God’s word? Simply, you are lost.
Get into the habit of spending time in God’s word every day. Have a plan for a systematic reading of God’s word. You have heard me many times encouraging you to do this. The reason I do so is because I am your pastor and I love you. I want you to grow and mature in the faith. And one of the most important factors of growing as a disciple is a daily reading of God’s truth.
Go ahead. Do it. There are fantastic daily devotional plans at YouVersion at http://www.youversion.com.