Three tips for guidance
'We should make plans - counting on God to direct us.' Proverbs 16:9 TLB
It's said that when Christopher Columbus (one of the first explorers to discover America) set out he didn't know where he was going, he didn't know where he was when he arrived, and when he returned didn't know where he'd been! We all need help with direction: which college to attend, which job to take, which relationships to pursue! The Bible advises, 'We should make plans - counting on God to direct us' (Proverbs 16:9 TLB).
So how does God direct us? Through: (1) The Bible: 'Let Christ's word with all its wisdom and richness live in you' (Colossians 3:16 GWT). One author writes: 'The Bible is to God what a surgical glove is to a surgeon. He reaches through it to touch deep within you.' But that requires reading it, personalising it, and acting on it. (2) Prayer and listening: Jesus said, 'My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me' (John 10:27 NIV). It takes time to learn to listen. Go for a walk, find a quiet place, write down what you think Jesus is saying - does it match what the Bible says? (3) Through advice: others have gone through the same stuff as you so, 'Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority' (Hebrews 13:17 NIV). Your youth leaders, pastors and even your parents (yes, they were your age once!), are used by God to give you direction.
So what now? Make your plans, but count on God to guide you, always.
Soulfood: Ex 20:4-6 Deut 7:17-8:2 Isa 40:18-31 Col 3:5-10,