by Neil Anderson
And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left
In a telephone conversation a lady asked, “Dr. Anderson, my pastor says my favorite television evangelist is a false teacher. Is he right?”
At a ministerial retreat, a pastor stopped me and said, “Neil, I’ve been at this church three years and there’s the situation. . . .” After finishing his description he asked “Do you think God is calling me out of there?”
A seminary student stopped by my office and asked, “You’ve met with my girlfriend and me twice now. Do you think we should get married?”
Good questions. Important questions for those asking them. They all hinge on the answer to a much larger question: Does God communicate His will to us? If so, how?
Each of these fine Christians was looking for direction or confirmation of God’s leading. Possibly they lacked the spiritual discernment to make the right decision. They were thinking that I, like the referee in a game, would make the right “call” for them. I can advise and share what I know Scripture teaches, but only God can give divine guidance.
You can know God’s will for your life. Ephesians 5:17 instructs us, “Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” God doesn’t instruct us to do something we cannot do. The will of God is knowable. In the first place, we have the Bible, God’s Word, which the Holy Spirit will enlighten for us as we meditate on it, providing us with remarkably clear guidance in most areas of our life. Second, we usually can experience the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit in areas not specifically covered by God’s Word–if we are spiritually free and desire to do His will.
I have come to deeply believe that God gently guides our steps as we choose to walk with Him. I believe in divine guidance. I believe that God wants to make His presence known in our lives and in our ministries.
Prayer: Lord, keep me sensitive to Your leading by staying close to You and giving my will to You.