The Lord will have no trouble in communicating to us what He wants us to do. Our problem is doing God’s will, not knowing God’s will! We must be willing to do whatever He desires for us, before He will let us know His plan for us.
The Lord often uses five means to direct us into His will. The first is the Word of God – the Bible. The second is personal peace about the decision when you pray and reflect upon it. The third means is wise counsel and the fourth is critical thinking. The fifth and final common means is circumstances. The Lord can use extra-ordinary means – visions, dreams – but, most often it is these five.
The more of the five things that we see agreeing, pointing in the same direction, the more certain we can be that this is God’s will. If one or two agree, but the others don’t, we have two possibilities. It may be God’s will, but the wrong timing. Or, it may not be God’s will. In either case, it’s best to wait; time will clarify. Immaturity will press ahead when things are not clear and pay a big price! Proverbs 19:2 (NIV) says, “Desire without knowledge is not good–how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
God being God, He will not allow circumstances, governments, organizations, or anyone with authority over us to hinder His plan for us. In fact, He uses them to direct us to His plan for us (see Joseph in Genesis 50:20).
Remember, the foundation is surrender to doing God’s will. We can deceive ourselves. We can find verses to justify about anything. We can “have peace” about a lot of things. Satan can open doors for us also.
God knows this. He knows we can be confused. He will not let His children stray from His will if they desire it. So relax. He will keep you in the way and guide you every step of the process. He’ll also keep you from wrong decisions. It gives us a great deal of confidence in facing the future.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
And he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)