We live in a world where things are becoming increasingly uncertain! There is political uncertainty, financial uncertainty, environmental uncertainty, etc. Look at every region or continent, there is some level of turmoil which begs the question. What is really going on here? This uncertainty is not only limited to world events. But in our personal lives especially in seasons of difficulty or when making major life changing decisions there is ambiguity and nervousness.
But regardless of what season we are in or how major/minor our decisions, God wants us to acknowledge him in all our ways (Proverbs 3:6). Because our God knew the ending from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He knew that we would have need of a spiritual compass and various navigational tools to guide us through this landscape of uncertainty and chaos on Earth.
In God’s wisdom he left us the Holy Spirit which guides and leads us (John 16:13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:25), places the right confidants in our vicinity to offer good counsel (Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 24:6) and we also have prayer to request guidance from our Lord (Proverbs 3:6). Out of these three, I would like to focus on the latter regarding praying and acknowledging the Father for Godly direction.
A King Seeking Direction from Evil Spirit
Ezekiel 21:21 “For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.”
This was an evil king who was going to battle and came to an intersection in the road. At this intersection the king decided not to just pick a path and follow it but used 3 ancient techniques to obtain guidance from the spiritual underworld. The first time I read this scripture it left me very humbled. Because being a king he would have been schooled in the art of war and strategy, he would have had wise advises around him, plus even before leaving his castle he would have made assessments/evaluations as noted by Jesus (Luke 14:31). Yet still along his journey at a simple intercession, this king stops to seek direction from the devil.
I started to ask myself, “Lord, if a man of such standing is stopping and seeking the spiritual realm for direction in such a simple thing as to which road to take. Then how much more should I be acknowledging you in all my ways?” Jesus himself did nothing of his own but acknowledged the Father for everything.
John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
A friend once told me that, “anytime a man is continually failing he is counseling himself”. I really like this statement because it speaks volumes. The reasons why Jesus was successful and so many other great men of the bible is because they sought the Lord and applied His guidance to all aspects of their lives. This is how we get the victory!
I remind everyone today that God wants us to be successful in this life irregardless of it’s turbulence, ambiguity and challenges. But to succeed we must learn to seek Him and “PUT GOD FIRST!”.
I leave you with some scriptures and reflective questions to ponder upon.
- Proverbs 3:5-7 5 “trust in the lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the lord, and depart from evil”.
- Psalms 106:13 “They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:”
- Psalms 73:24 – “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory”
- Think about some of the decisions (major and minor) you have made recently. Was God apart of these decisions?
- But do seek God’s guidance in EVERY aspect of our life?
- Evaluate the earthly counsel you are getting. Are they giving you truth Godly words or is their advice based on opinions and feelings?