TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 02, 2020:
The process of giving direction; advice or counseling.
Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait on all the day.
Who is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
He will guide you into all truth.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
When you are facing the need to make a decision, big or small, it is important to seek God’s direction and timing. Most people, believers and non-believers instead rely totally on their own feelings to make decisions and forget what God can do for them. We want to share with you three things you can do while preparing to wait on God.
First, you need to examine your heart, asking the Holy Spirit to expose any wrongs in your life. If something comes to your mind that the Holy Spirit brings to you it is important that you take care of that sin immediately.
You accomplish this by confessing, repenting and doing whatever is necessary to correct the situation. At times, we often put this aside because the impending decision we need to make is our main concern. We cannot expect God to work in our lives as long as we allow sin to control our life. In order to receive God’s full blessing, we must first deal with any sin our life.
Second, when we seek direction from God we need to learn how to listen patiently and attentively for the Lord to give us the guidance we are praying for. We find it very difficult to wait on the Lord because we want quick answers and a quick fix. Our timing, however, is not the Lord’s timing.
Another reason why we find it hard to wait is that we want the Lord to do it “our way.” We cannot allow ourselves to be tempted by our feelings and our own logic if we want guidance from God. God knows what is best for us and He will give us the guidance we ask for which we can be sure is best for us because it will be in accordance with His perfect will for us.
Third, the answer to our request for guidance sometimes requires our involvement. For example, if you are out of work and trusting God to provide a job for you, God expects you to actively look for a job. Some people just sit back and pray several times a day reminding God of their need. Waiting on God is not an excuse for inaction on your part or to be just lazy.
How can you be sure that you are making the right decision? What do we need to do to hear the voice of God responding to our need for guidance?
We need to clear the pathway. We already mentioned above the need to get rid of the sin in our life but we also must be willing to make our desires secondary to His.
We need to exercise patience. Sometimes it takes a great deal of perseverance when you feel time is of the essence for a decision. But if you rush ahead of God, you may not only miss His will but miss a special blessing that He has for you.
You need to search the scriptures. Many people pray about what concerns them and want answers immediately, but how do they expect God to communicate to them if they do not read His Word? The Word of God has an answer for every need and the Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When I face a critical need in my life and need to make a decision help me to wait on You. Help me to be patient, search the scriptures, wait on the Holy Spirit and not rush to a quick answer that is not according to what You want for my life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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