Make your ways known to me, Lord;
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
I wait for you all day long. –Psalms 25:4-5 (CSB)
Guidance is something we all seek. Some of us seek guidance for better health. Some for a better exercise routine. Some to just be a better person.
How many of us seek guidance to live a more fulfilling Christian life and to live in obedience to God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ? How many of us are willing to sacrifice the time and effort it will take to receive and put into action this kind of guidance?
Where does this guidance come from? Only one place. Reading and meditating on God’s holy word, the Bible. We almost all have one and in some cases many sitting around our homes. When was the last time we spent consistent time and effort reading, studying, and meditating on it. It is the compass we all need in a world that is spinning out of control.
First we have to want to be guided and realize that the Bible is God’s primary guidance system. By reading the Bible and constantly learning from it, we will gain the wisdom to perceive God’s direction in our life. Instead of demanding answers from God we should be asking Him for direction. When we are willing to seek God, learn from His Word, and obey his commands, then we will receive his specific guidance.
The ESV Study Bible notes sum it up well when it says, “Those who trust in the Lord seek his guidance, they want to learn what manner of life pleases him and how his commands apply to their specific circumstances. God’s guidance in the Bible is almost always concerned with the moral virtues he wants in his faithful people; in light of these virtues they make their choices in the various circumstances of life.
Teach me your way, Lord,
and I will live by your truth.
Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. –“Psalms 86:11 (CSB)