Seeking Guidance

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Monday, March 19, 2012

Seeking Guidance

Read | Psalm 25:4-5

When you’re facing a decision, whether big or small, it is  important to wait upon God for His direction and timing. And though  it may sound paradoxical, there are three ways that we can take an active role  in the process while we wait.

First, we should examine our heart, asking the Holy  Spirit to expose any wrongs. If He brings something to light, it is important  to take care of that sin immediately–by confessing, repenting, and doing  whatever’s needed to correct the situation. At times we push this task aside  because the impending decision seems like our main concern. Yet we cannot hear  from God or receive His full blessing until we deal with transgression.

Second, when seeking direction, we should listen patiently and  attentively for the Lord to give the go-ahead. It can be difficult to wait,  especially when emotions or logic lead us to favor one choice.

Third, the answer to our prayer at times requires our involvement.  For instance, when people tell me they’re out of work and  trusting God to provide, I always want to know if they are actively looking for a job. Some  are not; they are simply praying. We have responsibility not only to present  God with requests and seek His guidance but also to be active in the process.  Waiting on God is not an excuse to be lazy.

Prayer is a beautiful  privilege that the heavenly Father gives to His children. He desires to lead us  into a life of abundance. We should take an active part in seeking His will and  listening for His voice. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we will  experience all that the Lord has for us.

Psalm 25 (NKJV)

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

A Psalm of David.

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. 15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! 18 Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!

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