Have you ever been at a point in your life when you’d give just about anything if God would just tell you what to do? It doesn’t really matter what it is, you’re determined to obey Him regardless, but you just want clear direction and you want to know it’s from the Lord. You might pray something like this, “Lord, please, what do you want me to do, which way should I turn?” Well, don’t feel alone, I’ve prayed this way, and guess who else did? David prayed this way often. In Psalm 5:8 he said, “Tell me clearly what to do and show me which way to turn”. Again in 25:4 he says, “Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.”
It’s true that this period of time can be a little frustrating, when you just want clear direction from God. Why doesn’t He just tell you? What do you do in that waiting period before God gives the specific direction you’re looking for?
Let me try to answer that for you with this illustration. Have you ever been driving and the person beside you is giving directions? It can be so frustrating. You’re behind the wheel, and you don’t know whether to go fast or slow, or stay in the right lane or the left lane. They talk about everything under the sun except what you’re next move will be. Do we keep going straight, are we gonna turn soon, how long till the next move? You feel a little on edge waiting for direction, hoping the person hasn’t forgotten, praying they don’t make you miss the turn, or tell you at the last second so you have to slam on the brakes and make your turn dangerously fast. You just want to know a little in advance, and be able to anticipate your next move. All the while your passenger seems to be enjoying the ride. He’s taken the trip before; he knows the way well and in just the perfect time will calmly and confidently say, “You can take the next right”.
Well it seems to me that that’s exactly how the Holy Spirit leads sometimes. We want
so badly to know what our next move will be, but He is so calm and confident and then at just exactly the right time He will speak up and say, “Okay, now you can make a right”.
I am just like you. I do want to know every detail of God’s great plan for my life. Where exactly is He taking me? I wanna know and I wanna know right now!! I have to constantly remind myself that He’s taking the ride with me, He’s leading. He knows exactly where we’re going, and He will tell me what to do, and where to go, as soon as I need to know.
If God seems quiet or even silent concerning direction, it’s probably because He’s comfortable with exactly what you’re doing right now …moving forward! … trusting Him with every mile. Why should He interrupt and get you focusing on information that isn’t necessary for you to know yet, and might only distract you from what you’re already doing well, faithfully moving forward with Christ by your side, listening for the next directive.
This is what David suggests you and I do in this situation in Psalms 37:34. “Don’t be impatient (don’t get frustrated) for the Lord to act. Travel steadily along His path”. Travel steadily along His path, keep on doing what you’re doing, He knows exactly where you are, where He is taking you and He is comfortable.
So as much as I sort of understand how badly you want to know what tomorrow holds, let me suggest a few things you need to KEEP ON DOING on the ride.
1. Keep your seat belt on! Don’t take any risks in your life without clear direction from then Lord, don’t move in your “own understanding”, stay put till God Himself tells you what to do or where to go. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
2. Turn down the radio! The less distractions the better! Shut out voices and things that speak louder than God’s own voice to you. Oh how easily we can get distracted. Stay focused, stay alert to the One about to give you direction. (Proverbs 16:20)
3. Stay in the right lane! In our desperation to hear the voice of God we sometimes listen to the wrong “spiritual” voices that will lead us in the wrong direction. Stay in the right lane. Don’t be tossed by “every wind of doctrine”. (Ephesians 4:14)
4. Obey the speed limit! Don’t move ahead of God and don’t move too slow! Not knowing every move well in advance shouldn’t really be a problem … unless of course, you’re moving too fast. Are you going too fast? Sometimes we try to move ahead of God in our lives, and go places the Holy Spirit isn’t ready to lead us to yet. Remember, “travel steadily along His path”, not faster than He’s going, but not slower either. (Psalm 37:34)
5. Don’t try to take any shortcuts! Remember, you don’t fully know your destination, so stay on the main road. What you think is a short cut, your own reason and logic, could really throw you off and make your ride much longer. Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is perfect”. Psalms 32:8 says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life”.
Remember, if you are seriously seeking God for clear direction, then be confident today that He is in control and knows exactly where He’s taking you. Psalm 37:24, one of my favorite verses says, “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in every detail of his life”.
If God seems a little quiet on the ride, He must think you’re doing just what you should be doing, trusting Him, and in His perfect timing you’ll hear Him say,“You can make a right now, and you’ll be ready!”
With Love, Valerie
“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil”.