Shared August 17th, 2014
GGG (Getting God’s Guidance). This exhortation is about “How I know it is God’s will for me.” In Part 1, we said Solomon wrote, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Proverbs 3:5-6 is a powerful text for us to examine. In Part 1, we ended by looking at a framework, which we recommended for anyone who’s looking to get God’s guidance. What we didn’t talk about is the importance of self-assessment and why or how we need to undergo such a process to help us become better informed.
So then, I submit to you that there are certain assessments, those self-evaluation questions that you need to ask yourself. While I’d like you to note that the following list of questions is not exhaustive, I’d like us to use the category of “work” as our example:
· First, is what you want to do or are doing in harmony with the will of God?
· Are you gifted for the work that you want to, or are doing? Remember, God has given each one of us unique talents.
· Have you done the necessary research (gathered the facts and data)? As believers, we are not of this world though we are in it and must thus use it wisely not only to sustain life and care for our families, but also to carry on ministry (John 17:14-18; Luke 22:31-36), both for the material and the physical.
· Are you able to learn to be sensitive to use the data of our world (i.e. gifts, information, health, training, finances, diseases, figures, other conditions)?
· Are you well or adequately trained and equipped for what you want to, or are doing? Just look at how competitive our world today is! What training, new knowledge, skills upgrading, do you have? If not, you can easily be left way behind.
· Is the field you are in or want to go into a business or service that people need? Want? You see, if people don’t want it, you and it won’t succeed, no matter how good a product or service it is.
· How hard a worker are you? You will need all of the above plus hard work and determination. Good work ethics, values and qualities add to the achievement of success.
· Are you sincere, objective and are you willing to ask God to confront you with the truth and reality of the situation you want to get into or are in? If you are, you will be faced with the truth and the facts of the situation and you will know what you need to do.
· Is your underlying philosophy based on principles as found in God’s Word, the Bible? If you want to get God’s blessing on your venture, this is key.
· Are you always aware of God’s presence as your guide? You must: Psalm 139:9–10 If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,10 You’d find me in a minute; you’re already there waiting! Read Isaiah 58:11a.
· Also, are you willing to accept God’s guidance when He gives it? Look at how Solomon expressed how important it is to hear God’s instruction and do it, Proverbs 7:2 Obey my commands and live! Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. The best way to guard it is to put it into practice.
Finally and above all, you need to keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking and keep on waiting on God’s direction. How? By daily committing and trusting your life, your loved ones, your work, and all that you are doing or about to do to Him, the Lord, in prayer and also when necessary, in fasting.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, You are the only eternal God, the Alpha and Omega who alone has the infinite wisdom and power, love, mercy and patience that is needed to direct the affairs of man’s, my life. As my Creator and the one who formed me in the womb, You know me much better, whether my thoughts, my abilities, my weaknesses, and all the details of my life. I therefore ask for the insight to see the reality in every situation I am in and please give me the wisdom and the boldness to make the necessary move, no matter what. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”