Listening to God requires making time for Him. In the second part of his sermon series, Steps to God’s Guidance, Dr. Stanley assures us that, as believers, all we need to do is seek Him and He will answer. When we stop striving and dive into His Word, we open the door to experience His many blessings.
It’s very comforting to know that God loves us enough to make a plan for each of our lives. In fact, He designed it before we were ever born. Nothing about our lives is an accident. Although God’s plan is the best possible path, it’s not always the easiest. We may have to climb a few mountains and walk through some dark valleys, but if we follow His instructions, we’ll discover the rewards of living according to His will. That’s why it’s important to ask the Lord to reveal His plan to us and be ready and willing to listen for His directions.
Since God has a plan, we can be certain that He wants to guide us into it (Ps. 32:8). Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “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 make your paths straight.” To acknowledge the Lord means we consider what He says, recognize His great power, trust His guidance, and follow His instructions. He’s continually seeking to guide us, but if we’re not listening, we’ll miss His instructions and go the wrong way.