”In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling..”
(Exodus 15:13 NIV)
An American pastor, Bob Mumford, active in the charismatic revival of the 1970s, was teaching about how one could recognize God’s leading. He spoke about a harbor entrance where many ships constantly ran aground. The only chance one had of navigating to the harbor safely was to ensure that there were always three lighted harbor buoys lined up in a straight line.
To be certain that we are following God’s leading, speaking figuratively – ’don’t go aground’ – there are also three ”lead lights” that must be aligned. The three ”lead lights” are: 1. God’s Word – Our plans must not deviate from those that the Bible teaches and underscores. 2. The conscience’s testimony – There can be much that isn’t directly against God’s Word, yet is wrong, due our own spirit’s alerting us, that it’s not fitting for us, at least for now. 3. Circumstances – If it’s God’s will we need never knock down any doors. God will control and correct the circumstances. If the circumstances appear less than favorable, it doesn’t mean our spirit misled us. It may simply be that the timing is not yet right.
Lord, thank You for leading with steadfast love, those people You have redeemed. Thank You that I can calmly depend on You opening and closing doors, and lead me daily in your steps.