The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8
As we make decisions every day, our choices determine the quality of our lives. This is why it is very important to seek God’s guidance in order to experience His best. How do we discover God’s best? The answer is two-fold. We must first realize that God’s way is the best way, and then we must learn to listen to His voice.
Realizing that God’s way is better than our way is a difficult process for many of us, because we like to think that we can figure things out on our own. We pridefully tell ourselves that we don’t need help from anyone else as we struggle and toil with burdens and decisions. Yet we must understand that God longs to help and bless us. There is truly no one who knows our needs better than He does.
When we understand these things, our spirits are fertile ground to receive His guidance and instruction. We begin to welcome the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to find practical insight for our daily lives as we read God’s Word.
A true indicator of hearing God’s voice will be a new and complete sense of peace. Jesus said that He gives peace “not as the world gives” (John 14:27), but a peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). His peace, therefore, must be the governing force of each decision we make.
Choose to let the peace of God guide you in your next important decision, while keeping in mind that God’s best will far exceed any thing you could create on your own.
All of history tells the story of those who let You guide them, Lord, and those who didn’t. Help me open the pages of my life to Your instruction.