Discerning God’s Guidance in Every Situation
We often ask God’s help when making a huge decision, whether it’s about cutting someone off, accepting a new job, or moving to a new house. But is there a right way to seek His guidance? Find out how God guides you and how you can discern His direction in all situations.
How God Guides in the Bible
Internalize these bible verses to know how God guides you through the Scriptures.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” -Psalm 32:8
“Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness. Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” – Psalm 48:9-14.
Even until the end of time, God promises to guide us. Maintaining a close relationship with Him is the only way to ensure this. Make sure to spend time reflecting on his love and praying for his blessing.
Another essential thing to note when discerning God’s guidance is that guidance can also be a community-related activity. God will guide you through his people: the Church. Therefore, do not be afraid to connect with fellow believers in your local neighborhood.
How to Discern God’s Guidance
Now that you know how God guides you, here are some ways to strengthen this discernment.
Make Peace With Your Situation
The Bible tells us that God is a God of peace, not confusion. Making peace with your situation, no matter how difficult, means the Holy Spirit guides you.
You don’t have to make peace with your situation immediately if you’re still experiencing difficulty. Take some time to feel your emotions and process them. Try to wonder why your situation sounds excellent on paper but is not working in real life.
For example, if you’re seeking God’s guidance on quitting your job, feel all your emotions toward your career and analyze why you’re leaving. Do you need to do this? Is there a better alternative?
Pray to God
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Spend time alone in prayer. Savor this moment by bonding with God and communicating your citation to him. Make sure you are also ready to listen to Him when it’s his time to communicate.
Don’t be afraid to pray about everything, especially when you’re making an important life decision. Ask God to clear your heart and mind before you arrive at the right choice. You know your communication is genuine when you feel at peace praying to Him.
Wait for God
Christians usually commit a mistake about having to decide immediately when we have enough time to wait for an answer from God. God will reveal Himself and his answers only when you are ready.
Once you know what is good for you with God’s help, it is time to wait. For example, if God made you realize that now is not the best time to move to a new place, trust his timing. Perhaps something better is coming, like a more comfortable home in five years or a job opportunity in your area.
“If anyone wills to do His will, He shall know.” – John 7:17
While you’re waiting and God is designing a better life for you, do something to prepare for the reward. Ensure you are worthy of it once God gives you the go signal. At the same time, it is also essential to prepare for God to say no.
Remember not to rely too much on coincidences, external signs, and gut feeling. God speaks to you only through two things: prayer and the Word. While God is everywhere, He will only reveal Himself to you through the Holy Spirit.