We are destined for disappointment if we expect God to routinely direct us through special signs and assurances.
This opens up the possibility of mistaking everyday coincidences for his overt guidance, which can lead to poor choices that produce bad outcomes he never intended.
Unless he clearly and obviously indicates otherwise, God expects us to be logical, not mystical, when we face important decisions. He wants us to:
- Tell him about our situation.
- Detail the outcomes we prefer.
- Submit our preferences to his will.
- Ask him for guidance and direction.
- Search the Bible for pertinent insights.
- Gather all relevant knowledge from secular sources.
- Evaluate this information in light of our own experience and the advice of wise counsel.
- Identify alternative courses of action, one of which may be to do nothing for now.
- Use sound judgment to select, what appears at the time to be the best alternative.
- Implement this alternative as well as we can, under the circumstances.
- Permit God to adjust our plans along the way, as he sees fit.
- Trust him to ultimately produce a good outcome.
On occasion, God may direct or assure us through relevant coincidences, unusual events, or by speaking directly to our minds.
However, he chooses the time, place, and recipients for these unique messages.
We cannot require them or earn them. We should neither seek them nor expect them.
How do we know if God is guiding or directing us through a relevant coincidence, an unusual event, or by speaking directly to our mind?
Two tests determine whether a special message is divine, diabolical, or delusional.
Does it align with the what God has already revealed in the Bible? Does it prove to be true and accurate?
Divine messages always pass both tests, because God cannot contradict himself, and he never deceives us.
Messages the fail either test are not divine.