Discerning God’s Will – Epilogue

I have shared seven guidelines that can assist us in discerning God’s will for our lives. What is the best way of using these guidelines? Let me share something that has been helpful to me.

Bob Mumford, in Take Another Look at Guidance, compares discovering God's will with a sea captain's docking procedure:

“A certain harbor in Italy can be reached only by sailing up a narrow channel between dangerous rocks and shoals. Over the years, many ships have been wrecked, and navigation is hazardous.

To guide the ships safely into port, three lights have been mounted on three huge poles in the harbor. When the three lights are perfectly lined up and seen as one, the ship can safely proceed up the narrow channel. If the pilot sees two or three lights, he knows he's off course and in danger.

God has provided us with three beacons to guide us.

The same rules of navigation apply--the three lights must be lined up before it is safe for us to proceed.

The three harbor lights of guidance are:

  1. The Word of God (objective standard).
  2. The Holy Spirit (subjective witness).
  3. Circumstances (divine providence).

Together they assure us that the directions we've received are from God and will lead us safely along his way.”

I have given you seven guidelines as an expansion of the three harbor lights of guidance. The extra four primarily fall under the category of subjective witness, which may be the most difficult area to understand.

We can use these seven guidelines and when they line up they will let us know that it is safe to proceed.

Remember that the ultimate purpose of knowing God’s will, according to Colossians 1:9-10, is to walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord.

Something to think about…