The Bible is without a doubt meant to function as a GPS unit for the soul and is there to set the pace for our lives.
Proverbs 6:22 tells us that when we roam, God’s words will lead us; when we sleep, they will keep us; and when we awake, they will speak with us.
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would bring to mind things we have read and heard from the Scriptures at key moments to keep us pointed in the right direction. But I’ve discovered that sometimes what we need to do isn’t clear, not the WORD, what we need to do.
Our personal decisions. Sometimes it’s confusing. Sometimes there is more than one good option, and nowhere are we told in Scripture that we will never feel lost. We will. In fact, just the opposite: Scripture is full of human tension.
People are put in situations where they are kept out of the loop and left to wriggle a bit, like a fish on a hook.
Think of Job during the difficult middle of his story. He lost everything. Why? Because he was in sin? No, because he was in the will of God. His trial came because God was bragging about him to the devil.
But remember, Job was unaware of all of this. He had never read the book of Job. The Bible doesn’t have a chapter and verse for every decision you have to make.
Take dating, for example. There are verses that will tell you what kind of spouse to look for, what kind of character the person you date should have (2 Corinthians 6:14, Proverbs 31, and so on).
The Bible tells you clearly what sexual activities are out of bounds before you are married (Ephesians 5:3). God has a whole lot to say about navigating the treacherous waters that are your love life.
But what the Bible doesn’t tell you is which one to pick if you have found two candidates that both fit the bill.
Look all you want, but there is no chapter and verse for the girl in a blonde weave or the girl in the brunette weave or natural hair. It has no verse to tell you on picking up the man with a chiseled frame, or one who doesn’t.
Scripture will tell you not to punch your boss in the head when he acts like a jerk (Matthew 5:39). The Bible doesn’t tell you what to do when he offers you a promotion that comes with longer hours.
You will have to carefully decide which is better for your family—more money or more of you.
When you are in the middle of these kinds of confusing situations, it is hard to get a sense of whether you are moving in the right direction—or if you are even moving at all.
And though the Bible gives us the principles we need to live a life that honors God, it is no magic map.
Scripture doesn’t tell you what to do when you lose a pregnancy, or a child, or a spouse. It doesn’t tell you what to do when your marriage begins to rock on the tides of apathy or infidelity or abandonment.
If it were, there would be no need for FAITH. There would be no need for God.
You might feel lost or confused about where you are supposed to go or what you are supposed to do, but I challenge you today to see that as a necessary part of the process.
The process of seeing through the WILL OF THE LORD.
To embrace the Holyspirit’s quiet whisper. That inner witness when you are faced with the unexplainable, the obscure, the unknown, treacherous waters that tempt to drown your FAITH in Him.
The more room we give the Spirit to come upon us and control our lives, and the more receptive we are to heaven’s signal and guidance, the greater peace we will enjoy, and the stronger the pull of the Holyspirit to God’s will.
On the other hand, giving in to temptation, loosing FAITH, giving up on the Lord, and choosing to sin puts slack in the line.
So how do you see through the EYES of His will? You must be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit.
It’s no mistake that Stephen’s glimpse of heaven through an open door before he died came through his communion with the Comforter. Acts 7:55 says, “He, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God”.
The more we are filled with the Spirit, the more heaven comes near. The more we see His will through every trial we face.
If you don’t get impatient, His plans will become increasingly apparent to you.
So walk on. Do not quit, do not give up, do not give in. Don’t quit! Scream if you need to scream, cry if you need to cry, but don’t let go—because you are going to need what God wants to give you.
See through the eyes of His will.