The Christian View of Guidance

All Christians need and desire guidance. It is implicit in the existence of a personal God who cares, leads and enters into personal relationships with his creatures so they will accomplish his purpose on earth. With such a God Christians should be among the most decisive people on earth. In reality Christians are often the most indecisive, partly because of some mistaken ideas about guidance.  In today’s blog, we will explore the myths about guidance. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll look at scriptural images of the guide and the guided, and some steps for doing the will of God. The outcome can be well expressed in the prayer in Psalm 143:8-10: “Show me the way I should go. . . . Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”


Myths and Misunderstandings [M&M)

There are at least 8 barriers to gaining a truly biblical approach to finding and doing the will of God.

M&M#1. God’s wonderful plan. It is a myth and misunderstanding that God has a wonderful plan for your life; God has something better—a wonderful purpose ( 1:9). God’s purpose is that you should live to the praise of his glory and participate in his grand purpose of renewing everything under the headship of Jesus Christ. The difference between a plan and a purpose is like the difference between a blueprint and a stream that carries people along even though they may make adjustments along the way.