I admit up front that the buoys identified at the bottom, this is taken from a sermon by Lon Solomon, Senior Pastor at Mclean Bible Church…who is an excellent teacher! I think those guides are a great way to determine if you are on the track that God wants you to be on. We are always given advice (but we really need counsel…big difference), whether we want it or not…but the key is to determine if it is good counsel or not.
In proverbs, it is stated this way. I changed the order somewhat of the verses…but that is because I think that it is a better way of looking at how we see things…and how God moves us in a direction.
Proverbs 16:2 - There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 16:9 - A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:7 - When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
So if we are actively seeking God’s face and His direction in everything that we do…that is kind of how the process works. But if you are still wavering back and forth and your indecision is paralyzing….try this.
When you are on the water…there are buoys to guide your course. Or if you are in an airplane (my preferred mode of transportation)…your approach lights will line you up…and will let you know you are on the right course to get to where you want to be…or in this case…where God wants you to be.
So, from Pastor Lon Solomon…here are the buoys…or the approach lights to see if you are on course.
2. What is the advice of godly people? A godly person has a strong personal relationship with God. He knows God’s word well, and he loves you enough to be truthful with you. Proverbs 20:18 and 11:14
3. Look at the circumstances that God sends into our life. Things happen for a reason. It may seem that something just happens by chance, but God is in control. Proverbs 16:33 and 16:9
5. We have guidance directly of the Holy Spirit. Some people describe this as having a sense of peace. Isaiah 30:21
So be really encouraged…it isn’t that hard to check your course and stay on it! AND…like proverbs says…if a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him….now that just “sounds” good! And it is!!!
If all of things line up…you go! And God will make sure that it works for His glory!
Grace and Peace, Dan