“For this God is our God for ever and ever;
He will be our guide even to the end.”
Everyone needs it; everyone seeks it at some time in their life. In our early years we need guidance in matters of schooling, choosing a mate, and direction of a career. In the middle years we need guidance in parenting and financial decisions; in the later years we need guidance for ending well and caring for ourselves in our old age. Finding good guidance is essential to a life well lived. The question then is not if we need guidance but where we find it.
The Psalmist tells us there is one who will guide us our whole lives. He is our God forever and ever. He will not leave us in the lurch; guidance will be there until the day we transfer from this life to the next.
What are some of the keys to finding God’s guidance? First we need to ask for it (James 1:5). Second we must be willing to receive it. Someone wisely said that 90% of finding God’s will is having a surrendered heart. A bowed will to the wisdom of God will never lack the Father’s guidance. Third, we must soak our minds in the principles of God as revealed in his Word; there, a large part of his will is revealed. He guides us in his ways with his words and Spirit. Fourth, we should allow the peace of God to direct us. We must not move forward until we have unclouded hearts before God. Fifth, we must be open to the advice of others. God’s will was revealed to Moses through his father-in-law, Jethro. Sometimes our human fallibility may hinder our hearing and understand God’s guidance, yet even then his promise to guide us will stand true.
Above all remember that you have the promise of God’s guidance, and he always keeps his promises. Seek him, wait on him. He will direct at the right moment. He will guide you, even to the end.
Do you lack wisdom today? What areas of your life are in need of guidance? Bow your will to God and ask him to guide you. He will do it, for he has promised.
Prayer starter: Thank you for your guidance. Please direct me today according to your wisdom.
About the Author: Lyndon Wall served as a pastor in Alberta, Canada for fourteen years. He has also served the Jos, Nigeria mission community by providing pastoral care. Lyndon is the founder of Refresh Ministries, which is dedicated to helping people in ministry enjoy “healthy souls.” Lyndon earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
This excerpt is from Lyndon’s devotional book “Refresh“. Lyndon wrote “Refresh“ specifically for pastors, missionaries, and ministry workers whose souls have been parched by the stresses and tests of life. Stress is a reality of life. It can harm and drain us of vital energy. It must be responded to wisely. This devotional book was written to help you encounter Jesus Christ, the great refresher of the soul and give insights that will help you live with a renewed and joyful heart.