Ever go on a trip with no plan? No maps? No guidance (GPS, etc.)? I’ll admit to times where I ‘get lost’ to explore a town. My sense of direction must have come from my father … I may make a few wrong turns, but I will get you there.
In life, unlike a car, wrong turns can have lasting consequences. Raising kids without understanding choices and consequences leads to disastrous results. People have asked me all through the years what books to read to raise kids or where did I get my ideas. From the “manual’ that was given to us; His word. Unfortunately, many do not seek the manual or the directions there until they are totally ‘lost’ … even after they are saved.
The Bible is plain about seeking direction.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB) “5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.”
God wants to direct our paths. When you or your child need direction, ASK HIM. Many of us are like the proverbial man that refuses to admit he’s lost and needs to pull in the gas station for directions. He would prefer to wander around in circles and run out of gas rather then admit that he is lost and stop and ask for directions.
Many seek directions from others and never think to seek out God’s will. He says ASK. If you have no clear cut path, you have an answer … you are to stay where you are and WAIT ON THE LORD
Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” (NLT)
When you have more then one door open, ask God to close all but the one that is His perfect will. You do not close the door yourself. Wait on the Lord and He will show you the right path, the right door, the RIGHT DIRECTION.
Left? Right? U-Turn? STOP?
I know it is hard. Believe me, after Phil loosing his job in 6/o7 we have had several years of waiting on His direction. We have had no clear path so we keep still and wait on Him. Does that mean we are doing nothing? No. Phil applies to jobs daily. He has had two interviews this week. Doors open, they close. No door has stayed open. MANY have ‘advised’ us on what ‘they’ would do, or asked us why we have not done this or that … or have you tried this? Our answer? “The Lord will show us and we will know it is what He wants us to do.”
When do you seek directions? Daily, even hourly. Do not wait until you’re ‘lost’. Circumstances can change suddenly … be ready with an open line for directions.
Know how to read His road signs. Need direction in your life? Ask Him … then be still, and …
James 1:19 “.. .Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…”