When someone says “Blah! That tastes like dirt!” do you ever wonder how they know what dirt tastes like? Having all been toddlers at one time, the odds are very good each of us have tasted dirt. We all went through the stage that if you could reach it, you could taste it. Picture your two year old self reaching out for dad’s shoe or mom’s hair brush. Such experiments probably ended in loud wailing. If only you’d asked first, your parents could have told you that putting things in your mouth would only cause heartache.
You would think that by adulthood, we would figure out that asking first is a good idea, but not always. Sometimes we barrel through life without seeking guidance- even from God. I can think of many times I’ve whined to God “ God, how’d you let me get into this mess?” only later to realize that being in the situation wasn’t God’s idea, it was mine. I had been so determined to charge off where I wanted that I didn’t even ask God for advice, guidance or input.
But does God really give us guidance? It’s easy to think God might show up for the big decisions in your life like whether or not to have kids or to move across the country. But is God really available to guide you in how to talk to your teenager or how to complete the project on time or even how to pick out a car? The answer is a resounding YES! God is so invested in guiding you that He sent the Holy Spirit to reside in every believer. You see one of the Holy Spirit’s job descriptions is to guide you. John 16:13 says the Holy Spirit will “guide you into all truth.” That’s a lot of guidance! The Holy Spirit isn’t handing out a little truth now and then. He’s giving out all truth, all the time. Can you think of an area of your life that could NOT use a little godly guidance? Me neither.
So if the Holy Spirit’s job is to guide us, then why don’t we feel guided? Have you ever thought “If only God would tell me what to do, I’d do it.” But the question is, are you asking God what you should do before you do it?
Picture yourself coming to a fork in the road. You pause to decide which way to go. Beside you is the Holy Spirit jumping up and down, waving His arms and yelling “Ask me! Ask me! I know the best way to go!” Do you stop and ask this giant bundle of godly wisdom for some help or do you motor on your merry way?
Seeking God’s guidance is about living in God’s will and avoiding some heartache along the way. Try to turn to God for guidance consistently and persistently. Think about that 2 year old wailing after putting yucky stuff in his mouth. Wishing you had asked for guidance AFTER the heartache, won’t get the taste of dirt out of your mouth. Go ahead- ask for God’s guidance first. You’ll be glad you did!