How does God guide us? – Your questions answered

Guidance is something we’re all looking for. What career should I choose? Who should I marry? Whenever we’re facing big decisions (or even small decisions!) we want to know what the right choice is. As Christians, we believe that God guides us. But how?

Here’s a brief video which introduces the big picture of how God guides us today.

How God guides us: key points

  • We need to look at the big picture of what God wants us to do with our lives.
  • The big picture is found in the two greatest commandments (love God and love our neighbour) – Mark 12:29-31.
  • How do we know what that actually looks like?
  • We love God by asking him to help us – Psalm 25:4-5. God loves us when we ask him for his help and guidance.
  • The 10 Commandments are a guide to how we love others – they’re God’s framework for helping us know how to love.
  • The rest of the Bible helps us to understand what God’s will is for us.
  • You could sum it up in Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Explore further

Proverbs is great for guidance. You might be interested in the Wisdom of Proverbs: Guidance.

You might also appreciate this sermon on guidance from Proverbs 16.

Also check out session #9 of the Heidelberg Catechism, God our Father.

Your questions answered

This is the fourth video for the Your questions answered feature. See the rest of the series on that page.

If you have a question about Christianity or the Bible, please send them in or comment below.

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Wisdom of Proverbs: Guidance

In this article we are going to be looking at the Wisdom of Proverbs, specifically about the topic of guidance.

Everyone is looking for guidance at the moment. In our area, a number of local venues host occasional ‘psychic nights’ where people try to contact a dead relative or obtain guidance from the spiritual world. Mediums, horoscopes, and palm readings are all making a come back. Even among my own friends and acquaintances, I’ve been surprised to discover how many people seem to buy into these things.

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about guidance, and we’re going to look at a few verses from Proverbs which help us. But first – if you’re not familiar with Proverbs, the most important thing to remember is what Proverbs calls wisdom:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

If you want to be wise, according to Proverbs, what you need first and foremost is “the fear of the Lord”: fear not in the sense of being scared, but rather an appropriate respect, reverence and awe. In other words, we need to listen to what God says first and foremost – this is God’s world, and we’ll do best when we live in his ways.

So, with that in mind, let’s dive in to what the Wisdom of Proverbs has to say about guidance.

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