Key Verse: For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. – Psalm 48:14
Often in life, we ask the question ‘How can I know God’s guidance?’ This is especially true when we face major decisions in life such as who to marry, where to live, which church to attend or what to do with our lives. Just like David in Psalm 25:4 our prayer is often, “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.”
Thankfully, we have a God who not only tell us what to do but guides us and walks alongside us every moment of every day. The Bible is clear that God cares very much about each of us and wants to direct our lives. Thus David could say a few verses later in Psalm 25:8, “The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.”
David knew something about guidance. As a shepherd boy, it would have been his job to guide and protect his father’s sheep. The Hebrew shepherds would walk in front of the flock, they were not driven but led. The sheep recognized the shepherd’s voice and trusted him because they experienced his care. As David’s relationship with the Lord grew, he penned those wonderful words in Psalm 23:1-3, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” David knew it was the Lord who leads and guides.
God’s primary means of guidance is through Scripture. He never speaks contrary to His Word. Psalm 119:105 declares, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” If we took the time to read, study and meditate on God’s Word, we would spend much less time fighting to know what to do. Furthermore, Jesus promises us that as believers we have the Holy Spirit who will guide us into all truth (see John 16:13). As we read God’s word and spend time seeking Him, we can trust the Holy Spirit to guide us. Whatever decisions you may face today, hand them over to the Good Shepherd. Trust Him to lead you on his path of righteousness. Proverbs 3:6 declares, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”