The Lord’s Guidance in a Christian Life

An old sailor repeatedly got lost at sea, so his friends gave him a compass with and urged him to use it. The next time he took the compass but as usual he was unable to find land. He was rescued by his friends and they asked, “Why didn’t you use the compass? The sailor resp … More

Guidance

We are bombarded today with all kinds of appeals to go in different directions. Television advertising alone places hundreds of options before us, in addition to appeals made by political parties, cults, false religions, and dozens of other groups. This passage offers a meditation on the priorities, principles, and prerequisites of the Lord’s guidance in a Christian’s life:

1. The priorities of Guidance (vv. 8-9).

a. A person must be saved (v. 8). Guidance begins with a saving knowledge of the Lord.

b. A person must be submissive (v. 9). If we have our minds made up, there is no point in asking God to guide us.

2. The principles of Guidance (vv. 10-11).

a. Consecration (v. 10). Unless a person is committed to keeping the Lord’s commandments there is no point in asking for guidance.

b. Confession (v.11). If we want the Lord to lead us we must be quick to confess our sins.  

3. The prerequisites of Guidance (vv. 12-14). 

a. A right attitude toward the Lord (vv. 12-13).

b. A right attitude toward the Word (v. 14). Nobody can hope to have any real guidance unless he is willing to spend time in the Word of God.

Application

I need to follow God’s compass (The Word of God) and not just do what I think is best.

Psalms 25:8-14 (English Standard Version)

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.

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