Thoughts from a husband, father, and pastor
trying to treasure Christ
in his generation.
Guidance In Understanding God's Guidance
The issue of guidance has obviously been fairly pressing for our family over the pass eight months. I thought this was a particularly helpful summary of what God's guidances is. It's from J.I. Packer and Carolyn Nystrom's book Guard Us, Guide Us: Divine Leading In Life's Decisions.
First, God’s guidance is a covenanted aspect of his larger ministry of
graciously guarding us against sin’s folly and Satan’s malice
in order to bring us safe and sound to glory.
Second, our quest for guidance should be thought of as essentially a quest for the wisdom we need to cope with all the demands for decision that come to us in our waking lives, rather than with just a few big ones.
Third, the gift of God-centered peace of heart
as we contemplate and embrace
most God-honoring option to us
is God’s ordinary way of confirming to us that we have attained the wisdom that we sought by
praying for a clear head and discerning heart,
searching the Scriptures,
consulting experienced friends, and
thinking hard before the Lord.
This peace, be it said, is not any sort of informative nudge;